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Yard Sale Signs Banned from Utility Poles, Roadways, County Reminds

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – Planning to have a yard sale? In Prince William County there are rules as to how you can advertise that yard sale.

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With spring yard sale season right around the corner, Prince William County would like to remind residents that it is illegal under state law to place signs in the right-of-way of all public roads. These include signs placed on traffic signs, staked in the medians, tacked on utility poles and nailed to fences. Property owners are allowed to place a yard or garage sale sign that is no larger than 2 feet by 2 feet on their own private property or other private properties where they have received permission.

Signs posted in the VDOT right-of-way pose a potential safety problem for drivers and pedestrians by distracting motorists, creating blind spots and presenting hazards for people walking. Nails, screws, tacks and plastic ties used on utility poles are hazardous for utility workers. Often, these signs are never removed and quickly litter the streets detracting from the appearance of our roadways and neighborhoods.

The Neighborhood Services Litter Crew and VDOT remove any signs placed illegally in the public right-of-way. If you have any questions on where to place your sign, please contact Neighborhood Services at 703-792-7018

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