One of the goals of the sign ordinance is to keep the City-owned right-of-way1 clear of signs unrelated to traffic or safety. Over 6,000 “bandit signs” are confiscated from the right-of-way each year.
However, when potential buyers are searching for an open house without the assistance of a realtor, they often have difficulty finding the location of the home for sale and rely on signs posted by the seller for directions to the property. As a solution, the City has created a licensing program to allow open house signs to be displayed in the right-of-way of certain intersections to direct buyers to open houses.
The open house sign permit is issued in the form of a sticker to be placed on the sign. If the sign does not have a permit sticker it will be removed. Each permit (after the one included with the license agreement) is $5. Permits are good only during the calendar year issued; if you have permits left at the end of the calendar year, they cannot be used in the next.
Rules for Displaying Open House Signs
- Sign must be for an open house, not to simply announce that a property is for sale. Please include the words “Open House.”
- Sign may only be used to direct buyers to a previously occupied home, not to new construction.
- Sign may include only the following information: 1) the words “Open House” 2) the realtor’s/seller’s name and picture, or “for sale by owner,” 3) address of the home for sale, 4) directional arrow.
- Must have obtained license agreement and permit.
- All signs must display permit sticker.
- Sign may only be displayed in certain locations (listed below).
- Only one sign per property for sale is allowed at each location.
- Sign may only be displayed on Saturdays and Sundays between Noon and 6:00 p.m.
- Maximum sign size is 3 square feet.
- Open house signs may be posted on local or collector streets within a neighborhood.
- Open house signs may be posted where one of the following arterial streets intersects a local or collector street:
- EXCEPT open house signs may not be posted where these arterial streets intersect a highway, interstate, or another of these listed arterials.
- A.W. Grimes Blvd.
- Bowman Rd.
- Creek Bend Blvd.
- Double Creek Dr.
- Forest Creek Dr. (west side of
Red Bud Lane/CR 122 only)
- Gattis School Rd.
- Greenlawn (south of Gattis only)
- Hesters Crossing
- High Country Blvd.
- McNeil Rd.
- Old Settlers Blvd. (east of
Mays St. only)
- Red Bud Lane/CR 122
- Sam Bass Rd.
- Sunrise Rd.
- University Blvd.
- Wyoming Springs Dr.
1 What is a “right-of-way?” For these purposes, the right-of-way is city- or state-owned property for roads and/or utilities. It is almost always wider than the road itself, including sidewalks and utility corridors. In a residential neighborhood the property line between the right of way and the private lot is usually a few feet into the front yard. In some communities the right-of-way is an easement rather than outright ownership.
An approximate location of the property line between the right-of-way and a private lot can be seen on CityView, the city’s online mapping system. This is an approximation; the actual property line can only be determined with a survey.