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Rummage sales, open houses and a
host of other events all use signs for publicity. Today the Bismarck Police Department issued
this reminder about the lawful use of signs for these events, no matter what
Bismarck ordinance prohibits placing any
advertising upon any public building, bridge, fence, railing, sidewalk or any
other public property. The posting of
any sign, handbill, poster or placard upon public boulevards is expressly
This means if you are having a
rummage sale you can put the sign on your own yard, but no signs on the
boulevard, boulevard trees, stop signs, light poles, fire hydrants, traffic
signals or any other public property.
Bismarck ordinance also prohibits placing any
handbill in or upon any vehicle. This
law prohibits you from putting flyers under the windshield wiper of parked cars
for example, promoting your event.
Violation of either of these
ordinances is a class B misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $1,500 and/or
30 days in jail. Promote your events,
but please do it legally.