Its election season (Primary Day is Tuesday, September 9th and General Election is Tuesday, November 4th) and as information to all candidates placing political signs, Milford’s Sign Regulations (contained in the Zoning Ordinance) govern this type of sign in accordance with the State of New Hampshire RSA 664:17 Placement and Removal of Political Advertising.
NH RSA 664:17 states:
1. No political advertising shall be placed on or affixed to any public property;
2. No political advertising shall be placed on private property without the owner’s consent;
3. Political advertising shall be removed by the candidate no later than the second Friday following the election;
4. No political advertising shall be placed on or affixed to utility poles or highway signs;
5. Political advertising may be placed within state-owned rights-of-way as long as the advertising does not obstruct the safe flow of traffic and the advertising is placed with the consent of the owner of the land over which the right-of-way passes;
6. No person shall remove, deface, or knowingly destroy any political advertising which is placed on or affixed to public property or any private property except for removal by the owner of the property, persons authorized by the owner of the property, or a law enforcement officer removing improper advertising;
7. Political advertising placed on or affixed to any public property may be removed by state, city, or town maintenance or law enforcement personnel;
8. Political advertising removed prior to election day by state, city, or town maintenance or law enforcement personnel shall be kept until one week after the election at a place designated by the town so that the candidate may retrieve the items.
Milford’s Zoning Ordinance, Article VII, 7.06.4 also further details Prohibited Signs. This information can be found at http://milford.nh.gov/sites/milford.nh.gov/files/7.06.0_SignOrdinance.pdf
Please call the Community Development Office at 249-0620 with any questions.