With campaign season in full swing, the City of Abilene reminds all candidates about campaign sign laws.
Kansas House Bill 2183, signed into law on June 5, 2015, states, “No city or county shall regulate or prohibit the placement of or the number of political signs on private property or the unpaved right-of-way for city streets or county roads on private property during the 45-day period prior to any election and the two-day period following any such election. Cities and counties may regulate the size and set-back distance for the placement of signs so as not to impede sightlines or sight distance for safety reasons.”
According to Article 27 Section 27-5 of the Abilene City Code regarding political signs, political signs shall not exceed six (6) feet in height and thirty-two (32) square feet per face with two (2) faces permitted.
Political signs shall not be:
- placed, erected or maintained on or in public buildings and structures, including libraries, recreational centers, parking structures, city hall or in public parks, lawns, vehicles, trees, shrubs, fences, walks parking meters, traffic signs, fire hydrants or rights-of-way;
- placed, erected or maintained as so to pose a visibility hazard to pedestrian or motor vehicle traffic along streets, sidewalks or at street corners;
- lighted; or
- for political signs relating to candidates for elective office or ballot questions, placed, erected, or maintained more than forty-five (45) days prior to and seven (7) days after the election to which the sign relates. In the event of a subsequent run-off election, the signs of the run-off candidates may be maintained until seven (7) days after the run-off election.
For questions about campaign sign placement, please contact Travis Steerman, City Inspector, at (785) 263-2550.