Campaign Signs

What Candidates and Their Agents Need to Know

It is the responsibility of candidates and their agents to comply with state and local requirements for political adverting, including but not limited to, campaign signs.


What You Need to Know from the City of McKinney

  • Political signs may not be placed in any right-of-way.
  • Political signs may not be placed on city-owned property, except during the early voting period, as detailed in Ordinance 2018-05-038. (see attached Ordinance). 


Sign Removal

  • Signs found to be out of compliance are subject to removal by city Code Enforcement Officers.
  • Candidates will be notified of violations and have 24 hours to collect signs from the storage location at 410 N. Tennessee St., McKinney.
  • Unclaimed signs may be disposed of 24 hours after removal.
  • In an effort to keep McKinney beautiful and Unique by Nature, please remove all political signs as soon as possible after the election.


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What You Need to Know from TxDOT and the Texas Ethics Commission

  • It is illegal to place any signs on or within the right of way. This includes posting signs on trees, telephone poles, traffic signs and other objects on the right of way. 
  • Campaign signs along Texas roads can be placed on private property with the owner's permission. 
  • Before placing a sign inside of incorporated city limits, check with the city for applicable ordinances.


 Sign Removal  

  • If you've placed your sign in the right of way or it's posing a traffic hazard, we will remove it without prior notice. All costs associated with sign removal will be paid by the sign owner. 
  • TxDOT Rules for Posting Campaign Signs.  
  • During campaign season, the landscape blooms with a special kind of flower - the political sign. Unlike wildflowers that are welcome anywhere, putting campaign signs on public lands is illegal. So before you plant that sign, learn the law and keep Texas beautiful. TxDOT only regulates campaign signs under Chapter 394 of the Texas Transportation Code


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