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There are rules for hanging signs in Medford

East Medford street corners were recently plastered with dozens of signs advertising a local pizza place. It's a real eyesore, and I'm guessing it violates some city code. What are the local laws regarding posting signs in residential neighborhoods and on street corners? How are they enforced?

— Trey T.

If those signs are on public right of way, they're likely in the wrong spot, Trey.

But don't take our word for it. One need only take a peek at Medford's municipal code, specifically section 6.360, subsection 2. 

It reads: "No person shall post, place, plant or attach in any way a sign on a parking strip, sidewalk or curb, utility pole, wall, hydrant, bridge, or tree in the public right of way or on public property, or place, attach or post a sign on a vehicle in order to use the public right of way or public property for commercial advertising by parking that vehicle in or on a public street, right of way, or public property."

"It technically is an obstruction in the right of way," says Lt. Mike Budreau of the Medford Police Department.

The city code elaborates that there are exceptions to this, specifically delivery trucks "displaying advertising relating to the truck owner's business or to public service, but only while such trucks are being loaded or unloaded," and "vehicles for commercial use on which only the name, address, and the business engaged in by the vehicle owner is painted or attached permanently or by magnetic placard."

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