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Political Candidates are Reminded to Comply with City Sign Ordinances 2018

Candidates running for political office in June 5 primary elections are reminded there are city ordinances regulating the placement and display of campaign signs within city limits. Section 36-86 of the Las Cruces Municipal Code specifically applies to campaign signs.

The ordinance stipulates:

  • No individual political sign shall exceed 32 square feet;
  • All political signs may be erected no sooner than 90 days before the election, and must be removed within 10 days following the election;
  • Political signs are permitted to be placed on fences or walls, such as chain-link fences, retaining walls and rock walls, but are not permitted to be placed in clear sight triangles at city intersections, or in a manner that would prevent clear sight of vehicles.

Section 8-34 of the Las Cruces Municipal Code also states it is unlawful for any person, organization or political committee to publish or print or circulate any political campaign advertising or communication which does not specify the name of the sponsor, or the name of a responsible officer who authorized the printing, publication or circulation. Written, printed or posted materials must also show a telephone contact number.

Violations of any of these regulations could result in a fine of as much as $500 per violation and imprisonment for 90 days.

Additional criteria regarding the placement of political signs is available at the City Clerk’s Office, 700 N. Main St.

Questions regarding the placement of political signs should be directed to City’s Community Development Department, at 575/528-3222.