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Check Your Local Sign Ordinances
It is important to be a good steward when it comes to real estate sign placement, use discretion and common sense when putting signs up. One good rule to always follow: keep signs out of the public right of way, this includes sidewalks.
California Civil Code Section 713 sets the legal ground work for real estate signs. This section states that an owner of a property, or their agent, is allowed to advertise the sale or lease of that property on site in plain view of the public. This advertisement may include directions to the property, the owner or agent's name, address and telephone number. Local governments are permitted to regulate the display or placement of these signs on public and private right of way.
The City of Citrus Heights requires that real estate signs be no more than five square feet, and set back ten feet from the public right of way. Freestanding directional signs should be limited to one per driveway, less than four square feet and thirty inches tall. These signs need to be set back at least five feet from the public right of way.
The City of Elk Grove requires on-site real estate signs to be set back five feet from the public right of way and out of any required vision triangle. Residential property signs can not be more than six square feet and are limited to three riders per sign. Directional open-house signs are allowed on weekends and holidays. One sign may be placed for each change in direction to a maximum of five signs. The open-house signs may not be more than six square feet. For commercial property, one on-site sign per street frontage is allowed. Commercial parcels less than one acre may have a thirty-two square foot sign, parcels larger than one acre may have a forty-eight square foot sign no more than eight feet tall. All signs must be removed no later than close of escrow.
In the City of Folsom, signs must be set back five feet from the public right of way and remain out of the vision triangle. For residential property these signs need to be less than six square feet with no more than three riders per sign. Open-house signs are allowed on weekends and holidays, one sign for every change in direction, with a maximum of five signs. Open-house signs may not be larger than six square feet. Commercial property is permitted to use one sign per street frontage. For property less than one acre these signs must be no more than thirty-two square feet. Parcels larger than one acre may use a forty-eight square foot sign with an eight foot height limit.
In the City of Rancho Cordova no more than five open-house directional signs are allowed. These signs must be less than nine square feet total, the face of these signs should be less than four square feet and no more than four feet tall. These signs need to be set back five feet from the public right of way. Open-house signs can be placed at noon on Friday, and should be removed no later than noon the following Monday.
City of Sacramento
In the City of Sacramento, one sign per parcel is allowed, but can not be directly illuminated or exceed six square feet. The sign must be removed within seven days of sale, rental or lease. Signs should use black ink on a white board. Any non-conforming signs will be removed at no cost to the city, including a real estate sign that remains up after the expired time, is in the public right of way or on public property without a valid revocable encroachment permit.
The City of West Sacramento allows one sign per property, but it must remain entirely on the property it applies to, be smaller than six square feet, and can not be directly illuminated. This sign must be removed within seven days of sale, rental or lease of the property. Portable off-site open-house signs are allowed, and need to be smaller than four square feet and can only be displayed between 8:00am and 4:00pm the day of the open-house. They must be on private property and can never be placed on city owned property. On arterial and collector roads, open-house signs must be placed five hundred feet apart, on smaller roads one sign may be placed per intersection.
County of Sacramento
The County of Sacramento allows one sign per property, unless the property is bounded by more than one street. Signs for residential property should be less than five square feet and set back ten feet from the public right of way. Commercial property may have a thirty-two foot sign if it is set back twenty-five feet, twenty-four square foot sign if the set back is fifteen feet, or a sixteen square foot sign if the set back is ten feet. Permanent agricultural land may use a twenty-four square foot sign set back twenty-five feet and residential agricultural land may use a sixteen square foot sign set back twenty feet.
These signs may not be illuminated and must be permanently affixed to a structure or set in the ground. If the sign is attached to a building, it may not exceed the roof line. Free standing signs need to be less than six feet tall. All signs must be removed within thirty days of sale or immediately upon lease. Directional open-house signs are allowed, so long as they do not exceed nine square feet including supports and are not more than two and a half feet tall. These directional signs should only be up during the open-house, and should never be placed in the public right of way.