Eau Claire (WQOW) – You can drive down nearly any street in Eau Claire and see yard signs. Maybe you have some yourself. If so, are you following city ordinances when you put them out?
According to municipal codes for Eau Claire, any temporary sign, including election campaign ground signs, cannot be placed on public property. That means they must be placed on your own property, or on someone else’s who allows you to.
Those same signs cannot be in the public right-of-way, even if that seems like your property. The right-of-way is reserved space for maintenance or expansion purposes.
In regards to ground signs, political or not, they must be set back the height of the sign from the street, sidewalk, or right-of-way. For example, if your sign is two feet tall, it needs to be back at least two feet. They cannot be illuminated, however there is no limit to how many you can have on your property.
If your signs are in violation of these codes, the city has the right to remove them, or order you to remove them, and you could face a fine of anywhere between $10 to $100 for each violating sign.