“We have recently had an influx of signs placed throughout our city. While the placing of signs is permissible, it is imperative that sign owners know and understand the standards of the city of Cleveland’s Sign Ordinance 2007-35, which was put in place to safeguard the public,” said Cleveland Police Chief Wes Snyder.
“The entire ordinance can be read and downloaded through the codes enforcement website at www.codesenforcementtn.com,” he said.
Snyder said it is pertinent to remember that any sign posted in a median or on a utility pole or street sign is a clear violation and sign owners can and will be fined. No part of any sign should be located within five feet of any public right of way.
A good general rule of thumb is to remember that utility poles are placed in right of ways; therefore, signs are permitted to be posted at a minimum distance of five feet from the utility pole.
When there is no utility pole, signs are permitted to be posted 10 feet from the edge of the pavement.
Posting signs and not returning to remove them is considered littering and violators are subject to fines.
Posted signs not in compliance with this ordinance can and will be removed and discarded, and violators can and will be fined, officials said.