Section 16.20 in the Palo Alto Municipal Code (PAMC) details regulations for political signs. In Palo Alto, political signs do not require a permit, but there are some regulations to follow.
- Political signs may be erected in conformity with PAMC Section 16.20.100 and 16.20.160, which prohibits signs on public property and regulates size and height.
- Political signs must be completely removed no later than six days following the day of the election to which it relates. Any political sign not removed within six days shall be considered abandoned and shall be removed by the Building Division (PAMC 16.20.160(b)(2)).
- Unsafe and unlawful signs per PAMC 16.20.240(b) may be removed by the Building Division or the Police Department.
- Before placing any signs or sign structures within view of a county or state highway, a statement by a responsible party requiring a notarized signature must be filed with the Chief of the Highway Outdoor Advertising Program, State Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 942874, Sacramento, CA 94274- 0001, or 1120 "N" Street (5th floor), Sacramento, California 98514.
In residential districts, wall signs shall not exceed an area of one square foot of sign for each forty square feet of wall area, except that regardless of the size of the building face:
- Any such sign or combination of signs may have an area of at least six square feet and
- No such sign or combination of signs shall have an area greater than one hundred fifty square feet.
Freestanding signs shall meet the requirements of the table below. No projecting signs or roof signs shall be erected.
Reporting Non-Compliance Signs
In the case where signs are non-compliant per PAMC regulations, please contact the City's Code Enforcement Division through PaloAlto311, or the City Clerk at City.Clerk@cityofpaloalto.org