Where you can and can't post political signs along the road

Posted at 4:50 AM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 04:50:31-04

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. (WXYZ) — Driving around metro Detroit right now, you’re likely to see political signs supporting candidates on both sides of the aisle. There are some rules when it comes to where you place those signs along the road.

The overall message from the Oakland County Road Commission is to keep those signs on your own property.

“We don’t care whose sign it is, if it is in the way it will get moved,” said Craig Bryson, Senior Communications Manager for the Oakland County Road Commission.

Bryson says the road commission does not actively look for political signs to take down. They are only removed is if it is blocking drivers seeing the road, or in the way of work.

“For instance, if we have to cut the grass in the right away and it’s in the way, we will take it down. If we are fixing a drainage issue, working on a sign or a signal, we will take it down if it is in our way,” said Bryson.

However, if those signs end up along the highway, they will be taken down. Michigan State Police tell 7 Action News over the phone troopers do remove those signs.

A good rule of thumb, place those signs behind a sidewalk or a ditch on your property and do not place them on utility poles.

If the Oakland County Road Commission does take down a sign down, they will keep them in one of their garages. However, the burden is on the homeowner to give them a call.