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City Cracks Down in Illegal Signage in Rights-of-Way

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RICHMOND, VA – Crews from the Department of Public Works have started removing unlawful signs from city rights-of-way since this past Monday, October 1.
In accordance with Richmond Code §38-111 – §38-116, with the exception of Neighborhood Watch signs and those authorized by City Council, no advertising signs or any type are permitted in the public right-of-way.

“We are committed to cleaning up our right-of-way. We do not want the appearance of litter on private property, nor do we want it on our public right-of-way,” said Bobby Vincent, Director of Public Works.

Those who violate the ordinance may face a $50 maximum fine for each sign. The blitz will include areas in all nine Council Districts and initially will last approximately one week. For information on city services and schedules, visit www.Richmondgov.com. To make an online service request, visit www.RVA311.com or call Customer Care at 3-1-1.

CBS 6 reports:

Sharon North, a spokesperson with the Richmond Department of Public Works, said no advertising signs of any type are permitted in public areas.

“Now we’re just making an all-out effort for an entire week to take up as many signs as we can,” North said. “Of course if we’ve missed some areas, we’ll continue to grab those even after the week is over. We want the city to look nice. It needs to have a certain appearance — one that we all can appreciate and be proud of — and you can’t do that when you have all these illegal signs out,” she added.

So this includes political signs, “I Buy Houses” signs, concerts and more are now illegal. Watch where you’re posting things please!

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Dana Bagby
Dana Bagby
1 year ago

Goodbye to the handwritten We Buy Houses Cash signs!!

MP
MP
1 year ago

This is great – those I buy houses signs are so tacky and low rent. I always take them down near me.

Karen Smith
Karen Smith
1 year ago

No political signs? That’s not good!

Angela Wagner Costa
Angela Wagner Costa
1 year ago

Don’t we have more pressing things to worry about?

ME
ME
1 year ago

I personally hate when realtors do not pick up their signs after they show a house. I also hate those repair credit signs! Thank god we will soon have cleaner streets!

MP
MP
1 year ago

@ Angela – beauty restores the soul. It’s important too. Initiatives like this are important for creating a pretty place to live.

Liz
Liz
1 year ago

@ Angela, it’s called the broken windows theory. I won’t go into a lot of detail but essentially by focusing on things such as litter, vandalism, etc. it creates an atmosphere where larger scale crimes are not committed (or it is hoped they are not.) Many cities across the country have used this theory to clean up neighborhoods with the goal of reducing crime. I do think that when our streets look uncared for that it invites people to not care about other things.

Geran Lorraine
Geran Lorraine
1 year ago

They can’t afford street sweeping or regular mowing but this is what the city has money for?

Clean up the mess
Clean up the mess
1 year ago

@#2, Karen, political signs (and all signs) in the public right of way have long been illegal. The City is finally acting on it. Citizens may also remove signs on public property.

Political signs can be posted on private property. The public realm isn’t advertising space for politicians.

Bill Hartsock
Bill Hartsock
1 year ago

#8 – I guess we are lucky in the western part of Church Hill. The City just swept the streets last week and they regularly mow Jefferson Park (at least the top part). The citizens have the legal right to remove any signs on public property, whether on a telephone pole or stuck in the ground. I encourage anyone who cares about the neighborhood to take proactive action to get rid of them.

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