Political Advertising Signs
Facts at a Glance
In advance of each election in Virginia, political signs appear in the rights-of-way, in the medians and
along roadsides throughout Prince William County. The Neighborhood Services Division is responsible for enforcing Section 33.1-373 of the Code of Virginia, which designates these signs as illegal (click HERE and search "Signs")
Placing signs in the right-of-way may result in a fine of $100 per sign. There is no exemption for political signs or signs that are placed for even a short duration. Signs are only permitted on private property with the permission of the property owner. No matter the origin or intent, any sign in the right of-way will be
removed by the County's Litter Crew.
The County has historically received complaints from residents about the placement of these signs in public rights-of-way. We encourage candidates to inform campaign volunteers and staff of the legal issues associated with the placing of signs in the medians and rights-of-way.
Also, please be aware that the maximum campaign/political sign size allowed on residential properties is 16 square feet while a campaign/political sign on a non-residential property can be up to 32 sq. feet.
The exception is along Highway Corridor Overlay Districts (Prince William Parkway, Route 234 Bypass, Hoadly Road, Nokesville Road, Dale Boulevard, Dumfries Road, Gordon Boulevard, Old Bridge Road, James Madison Highway, Lee Highway, Neabsco Mill Road, Minnieville Road, Spriggs Road, and Jefferson Davis Highway between Dumfries Road and Neabsco Road) where the maximum size of a sign is four square feet for all properties.
All campaign signs must be removed within 5 days of the election.