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Posted on: May 24, 2021

Posting of Signs on Public Property Prohibited

Warmer weather means rummage sale season. 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.


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 prohibited. 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 one from putting flyers under the windshield wiper of parked cars for example, promoting an event. 


Violation of either of these ordinances is a class B misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and/or 30 days in jail. Promote your events, but please do it legally. 

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