Open House Signs



Open House Sign Permits

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. 

Locations Where Open House Signs May Be Posted

  • 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.

If you have further questions, please contact Planning & Development desk at 512-218-5428.

Planning and Development Services

301 W. Bagdad Avenue, Suite 210
Round Rock, Texas 78664
Phone: (512) 218-5428

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.

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