Important Notice for Candidates, Campaign Workers & Volunteers
Important notice about digging for campaign signage. Florida Law requires that you call 811 before you do any digging—this includes digging for campaign sign placement. Striking a buried utility line such as cable, communication, electric, gas or irrigation could cause a service outage, personal injury or property damage. Failure to comply with Florida Law could result in significant fines of $500 up to $50,000 plus repair costs. For more information, visit the Sunshine State One Call Florida website, the official website of "Call 811 Before You Dig."
Please be aware that a fine incurred, as a result of failure to comply, must be paid from the personal funds of the individual fined, and is not considered a campaign expense.
Sign Regulations: Florida Statute
106.1435 Usage and removal of political campaign advertisements. (1) Each candidate, whether for a federal, state, county, or district office, shall make a good faith effort to remove all of his or her political campaign advertisements within 30 days after: (a) Withdrawal of his or her candidacy; (b) Having been eliminated as a candidate; or (c) Being elected to office. However, a candidate is not expected to remove those political campaign advertisements which are in the form of signs used by an outdoor advertising business as provided in chapter 479. The provisions herein do not apply to political campaign advertisements placed on motor vehicles or to campaign messages designed to be worn by persons. (2) If political campaign advertisements are not removed within the specified period, the political subdivision or governmental entity has the authority to remove such advertisements and may charge the candidate the actual cost for such removal. Funds collected for removing such advertisements shall be deposited to the general revenue of the political subdivision. (3) Pursuant to chapter 479, no political campaign advertisements shall be erected, posted, painted, tacked, nailed, or otherwise displayed, placed, or located on or above any state or county road right-of-way. (4) The officer before whom a candidate qualifies for office shall notify the candidate, in writing, of the provisions in this section. (5) This provision does not preclude municipalities from imposing additional or more stringent requirements on the usage and removal of political campaign advertisements. Land Development Code, Chapter 126 Signs, Section 126-61 Exemptions
Sign Regulations: City Land Development Code
Section 126 61.(5) Temporary political signs, in accordance with the following: a. No political sign shall be displayed until after a candidate has qualified for participation in a primary, general or special election. Political signs may be displayed for not more than 60 days prior to a referendum election. All political signs shall be removed within five calendar days following withdrawal of candidacy, having been eliminated as a candidate, being elected to office, or a referendum election. b. Political signs located in residential districts shall be limited to a maximum surface area of four square feet. Political signs in all other districts shall be a maximum of 32 square feet. c. No political sign shall be placed on any privately owned property without the authorization of the property owner. d. No political sign shall be placed on any public property, including, but not limited to, any public right-of-way. Any political sign placed in violation of this provision may be removed immediately by an officer of the police department, code enforcement, city engineer or other authorized personnel. Any sign so removed may be disposed of without notice or compensation.