Neighborhood Yard Sale Signs
With spring yard sale season right around the corner, Prince William County would like to remind residents that it is illegal, under state law, to place signs in the right-of-way of all public roads, which include signs placed on traffic signs, staked in the medians, tacked on utility poles and nailed to fences. Property owners are allowed to place a yard or garage sale sign that is no larger than 1 foot by 1 foot (1 foot x 2 feet) on their own private property or other private properties where they have received permission.
Signs posted in the VDOT right-of-way pose a potential safety problem for drivers and pedestrians by distracting motorists, creating blind spots and presenting hazards for people walking. Nails, screws, tacks and plastic ties used on utility poles are hazardous for utility workers. Furthermore, most of these signs are never removed and quickly litter the streets detracting from the appearance of our roadways and neighborhoods.
* These are examples of illegally posted yard sale signs.
To stay safe and protect the community, residents are encouraged to only place their yard or garage sale signs on private property. We urge residents to announce their yard and garage sales in local newspapers via classified ads or consider posting ads to local social media sites to promote their event. Yard sale attendees use both the newspaper and social media when planning their weekend treasure seeking routes. Utilizing these legal advertising options affords residents the visibility they want to promote their event and offers a greater reach to local residents while keeping the County healthy, safe and litter free.
The Neighborhood Services Litter Crew and VDOT remove any signs placed illegally in the public right-of-way. If you have any questions on where to place your sign, please contact Neighborhood Services at 703-792-7018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.