posted on: 8/30/2018

Now that the local primary election season is underway, the City of Dover Planning and Community Development Department would like to remind candidates and their supporters of the rules for the placement of political advertising.

Political advertising signs are regulated by state law (NH RSA 664:17) and City code (Chapter 170, Section 170-32.L). Political advertising is not permitted within any city-owned rights-of-way.

According to Assistant City Manager Christopher Parker, signs should be placed behind utility poles, away from the street side, and never on a utility pole. Where there are sidewalks, the backside of a sidewalk is generally the start of private property, behind which a sign may be placed. Additionally, political advertising should only be located where the private property owner has given the candidate written consent. 

City issues reminder on placement of political advertising

posted on: 8/30/2018

Now that the local primary election season is underway, the City of Dover Planning and Community Development Department would like to remind candidates and their supporters of the rules for the placement of political advertising.

Political advertising signs are regulated by state law (NH RSA 664:17) and City code (Chapter 170, Section 170-32.L). Political advertising is not permitted within any city-owned rights-of-way.

According to Assistant City Manager Christopher Parker, signs should be placed behind utility poles, away from the street side, and never on a utility pole. Where there are sidewalks, the backside of a sidewalk is generally the start of private property, behind which a sign may be placed. Additionally, political advertising should only be located where the private property owner has given the candidate written consent.

Per RSA 664:17, political advertising may be placed within state-owned rights-of-way as long as the advertising does not obstruct the safe flow of traffic and the advertising is placed with the consent of the owner of the land over which the right-of-way passes.

Proper placement of political advertising signs is important to maintain safety and maintenance of Dover’s roadways. As in years past, the city will monitor the placement of political advertising signs to ensure that all candidates are in compliance with the rules and regulations. The process that the city will follow is simple, says Assistant City Planner Elena Piekut.

“Whether signs are viewed by staff or are the subject of a written complaint, the candidate will receive a call from the Planning Department to inform them that they need to move or remove the offending sign within 24 hours,” Piekut said. If the sign is not relocated or removed, the sign will be confiscated and subject to a fee for retrieval.

“We thank the campaigns in advance for their cooperation,” Parker said, “and wish them the best of luck.”

For more information, contact the Planning Department at 516-6008.