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Political Campaign Signs

The City of Medford does regulate size, placement, and timing of signs.
Political campaign signs do not require a permit. Signs may be erected on private property no earlier than eight weeks prior to any federal, state, or local election and removed no later than seven days after the applicable election. In all residential zones such signs shall be limited to six square feet in area and a maximum height of six feet. In all commercial and industrial zones such signs shall be limited to 32 square feet in area.
Signs may not be placed in the public right-of-way or on city property.
For placement on private property, you must obtain the permission of the property owner and the following standards apply: (1) Signs must be placed behind the sidewalk, including those with grass strips between the street and the sidewalk. (2) On streets with no sidewalks, signs must be placed behind the curb. (3) At intersections, they must be placed beyond the sight distance triangle.
If valid complaints are received regarding campaign signs, the property owner or campaign committee will be contacted and asked to remove the sign.  If city staff notice signs in the public right of way, they may remove them.
The following Medford Municipal Code sections apply:
  • Section 6.360(2) - Obstructions in the Right-of-Way
  • Section 8.835 - Handbill Advertising
  • Section 10.1022(10)(c) Exceptions to Permit Requirements
  • Section 10.1100 - Prohibited Signs for All Districts
The Medford Municipal Code is available on the city's website at
This information is subject to change.
Additional Department Information

City Recorder Department Contacts

411 W. 8th Street, Room 310
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 774-2088
Fax: (541) 618-1700
Contact: City Recorder Karen Spoonts, MMC
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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