Planning & Community Development

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Election Signage

Article 8 of the City's Zoning Ordinance covers the proper placement of signs used in elections. Please refer to the regulations below for information on proper placement of signs within the city of Midland.

  • Permits are not required for election signs.

  • Election signs may be placed on private property only.

  • Signs may not be placed in the public right-of-way (the area between the sidewalk and curb, and all roadways), or on City property, such as parks and City-owned lots.

  • Election signs on residential property may be a maximum total size of 32 square feet with a maximum height of five feet.

  • Before placing any signs on private property other than your own, you must get the property owner’s permission.

  • At intersection corners, signs must be placed no closer than 20 feet from the sign to the sidewalk’s edge to avoid visual obstruction. If there is no sidewalk at an intersection corner, signs must be placed at least 35 feet from the curb (see sample drawings below).

  • Political signs must be removed by 14 days after the date of each election.

Signs in violation of Article 8 of the City’s Zoning Ordinance will be removed and available for pick-up at Midland City Hall. A civil infraction citation may be issued for any violations of the above requirements. First offenses result in a $50 fine; the second offense would be a $250 fine; and the third and subsequent offenses would cost $500 for each day that signs are in violation of the City ordinance.

For more information, contact the City's Building Department at 989-837-3383.

Yard/Garage Sale Signs

For information on proper placement of yard/rummage sale signs in the city of Midland, click here.

Other Signs

For information on the City's regulations regarding the use and placement of other types of signs, refer to Section 22-2(a) of the Code of Ordinances, and Article 8 of the Zoning Ordinance.