Campaign Signs Information

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Information contained on this page is for general reference purposes only. Information is current at the time of posting and efforts are made to ensure accuracy of information posted here. All candidates are advised to reference applicable federal, state, and local laws to ensure specific requirements are met.

 

Every year our office receives calls from candidates and citizens regarding political/campaign signs. The purpose of this post is to put the relevant information together in one place for quick reference.

***Signs are not permitted to be placed on utility poles of any kind!!!! This presents a danger to utility workers!!!

State of South Carolina: It is unlawful on an election day within two hundred feet of any entrance used by the voters to enter the polling place for a person to distribute any type of campaign literature or place any political posters. The poll manager shall use every reasonable means to keep the area within two hundred feet of any such entrance clear of political literature and displays, and the county and municipal law enforcement officers, upon request of a poll manager, shall remove or cause to be removed any material within two hundred feet of any such entrance distributed or displayed in violation of this section. (SC Code of Laws 7-25-180 (A))

Pickens County: Political signs do not require a permit. Political signs may not be located within any road right-of-way. Signs must not be placed prior to 30 days before an election and they must be taken down within 10 days after the election. Any sign placed in the Right Of Way will be removed without notice. (Section 703(b) of the Pickens County UDSO)

Town of Central: (A) Political campaign signs shall be permitted in compliance with the regulations included herein. Such Signs shall conform to all other provisions of this and all other applicable ordinances of the Town of Central. (B) Usage of a political campaign sign by any candidate or supporters of any issue shall require issuance of a Political Campaign Sign Permit by the Town of Central. (C) Political campaign signs shall be permitted in any zoning district but shall not exceed a maximum of twenty-five (25) signs per candidate town wide. (D) Permits for political campaign signs shall not exceed a period commencing from (45) forty-five days prior to the date of the election through the (7) seventh day after the last date upon which that candidate’s name or that issue appears on a ballot for a primary, runoff, general, or special election. (E) To secure a political campaign sign permit, the applicant must pledge to remove all political signs within seven days after the expiration of the political campaign sign permit. (F) The size of any such sign is not in excess of three (3) square feet, and a maximum of three (3) feet in length. (Town of Central Zoning Ordinance 603.6)

City of Clemson: Political Campaign Temporary signs not exceeding 20 square feet in area, placed on private real property with consent of the owner or possessor of the private real property. Signs shall be removed within three days after the election. A political campaign includes a primary and general election and any runoff election. Signs placed in public rights-of-way (including unimproved street rights-of-way) shall be subject to removal and destruction by the zoning administrator without notice.

City of Easley: Signs erected in connection with elections or political campaigns do not require a permit. Such signs shall be removed within seven (7) days following the election or conclusion of the campaign. No such sign may exceed sixteen (16) square feet in surface area. In accordance with S.C. law, no such political signs shall be placed within two-hundred (200) feet of any building in which an election poll is being conducted. Signs are not permitted in the public right-of-way and must be confined to private property with the permission of the property owner. (Article 4 Section 5 Sign Regulations of the City of Easley)

Town of Norris: Doesn’t have an ordinance pertaining to campaign signs.

City of Pickens: A permit is not required for political campaign signs. Such signs shall not be allowed until 30 days prior to the date of the election and be removed within seven (7) days following the election or conclusion of campaign. No such sign may exceed sixteen (16) square feet in surface area. Signs are not permitted in the public right of way.

Town of Six Mile: Political campaign signs shall be permitted in compliance with the regulations included herein. Such signs shall not count in the number of signs permitted calculations or sign area permitted calculations included in Section 607.1 (b) of this ordinance and shall be permitted in any zoning district. Such signs shall conform to all other provisions of this and all other applicable ordinances of the Town of Six Mile. Usage of a political campaign sign by any candidate or supporters of any issue shall require issuance of a Political Campaign Sign Permit by the Town of Six Mile. The maximum number of political campaign signs that can be located in the Town by any candidate for office or supporter of an issue shall be ten (10). Political campaign signs shall be permitted in any zoning district. Permits for political campaign Signs shall not exceed a period commencing from (45) forty-five days prior to the date of the election through the seventh day after the last date upon which that candidate’s name or that issue appears on a ballot for a primary, runoff, general or special election. To secure a political campaign sign permit, the applicant must pledge to remove all political signs within seven days after the expiration of the political campaign sign permit. The property owner’s permission must be granted for the placement of any political sign on private property. The placement of such sign on the public right-of-way, or the attachment of any such sign to a tree, fence post, or utility pole is prohibited. The size of any such sign is not in excess of six (6) square feet, and not in excess of three (3) three feet in width.

City of Liberty: Political campaign signs shall be permitted in compliance with the regulations included herein. Such signs shall not count in the number of signs permitted calculations or sign area permitted calculations included in Section 607.1 (b) of this ordinance and shall be permitted in any zoning district. Such signs shall conform to all other provisions of this and all other applicable ordinances of the City of Liberty. Usage of a political campaign sign by any candidate or supporters of any issue shall require issuance of a Political Campaign Sign Permit by the City Of Liberty. Political campaign signs shall be permitted in any zoning district but shall not exceed a maximum of 25 signs per candidate town wide. Permits for political campaign signs shall not exceed a period commencing from forty-five (45) days prior to the date of the election through the seventh (7th) day after the last date upon which that candidate’s name or that issue appears on a ballot for a primary, runoff, general or special election. To secure a political campaign sign permit, the applicant must pledge to remove all political signs within seven (7) days after the expiration of the political campaign sign permit. The property owner’s permission must be granted for the placement of any political sign on private property. The placement of such sign on the public right-of-way, or the attachment of any such sign to a tree, fence post, or utility pole is prohibited. The size of any such sign is not in excess of six (6) square feet, and not in excess of three (3) feet in length.

Disclaimer:
Information contained on this page is for general reference purposes only. Information is current at the time of posting and efforts are made to ensure accuracy of information posted here. All candidates are advised to reference applicable federal, state, and local laws to ensure specific requirements are met.