Political signs

2016 is an election year and the inevitable political signs are popping up. If you are a candidate for any elected office, you and your campaign representatives have responsibilities to comply with Overland Park's sign regulations.

On private property

  • Place signs only with the permission from the property owner or resident.
  • In residential areas (including apartment complexes), signs cannot exceed three square feet in area per face.
  • In commercial or industrial areas, signs cannot exceed 32 square feet in area per face.
  • Signs cannot be placed where they interfere with intersection sight distances.
  • Signs may be displayed on a vehicle, provided they do not interfere with the ability to lawfully operate the vehicle. Vehicles used or designed for the primary purpose of displaying political signs while the car is parked are not allowed.
  • Signs are not allowed in the right of way, which includes the area extending about 11 feet from the back of the street curb and, if there is a sidewalk, at least one foot past the sidewalk. (See below for election exception.)
  • Property owners may remove any sign at any time that is on or adjacent to their property, including the right of way between a sidewalk and street.

On publicly owned land

  • Signs are prohibited in or adjacent to any public park, public facility or publicly-owned land.
  • Signs cannot be affixed to utility poles, tree, street lights, bridges, benches or similar public structures.

On city right of way during election:

City code prohibits the placement of non-governmental/traffic signs in city right of way. However, Kansas Statute created an exception to allow the placement of political signs in city right of way 45 days before and two days after an election.

Signs for the Aug. 2 primary election may be placed after June 18 and should be removed by Aug. 4.

Signs for the Nov. 8 general election may be placed after Sept. 24 and should be removed by Nov. 10.

Signs placed in city right of way pursuant to the Kansas Statute exception are subject to the following regulations:

  • Signs cannot exceed three square feet in area per face.
  • Signs greater than two feet in height cannot be placed in medians, or within 220 feet of any intersection or commercial driveway.
  • Signs are prohibited in or adjacent to any public park, public facility or publicly-owned land.
  • Signs cannot be affixed to utility poles, trees, street lights, bridges, benches or similar public structures.
  • Signs shall not be placed where they interfere with intersection sight distances.
  • Signs are prohibited in any part of a highway interchange.
  • Signs shall be removed from the right of way by either the candidate or the property owner by the end of the second day after the election.

If you have any questions about the location of any specific right of way or area where signs are not allowed, please email or call the Planner of the Day at (913) 895-6217. Complaints can be made to OPCares or Community Services at (913) 895-6270.