In the weeks before an election, campaign signs start sprouting like mushrooms on lawns and along thoroughfares. Texas law prohibits such signs from going up prior to 90 days before the election -- and the signs must come down within 10 days after the election. Posting signs on private property requires the owner's permission. Signs can't exceed 50 square feet and must consist of lightweight material.
In Texas, you can't place a political sign in a public right-of-way, or on any publicly owned property. You are prohibited from posting signs on telephone poles, trees and any other raised areas in a right-of-way. The Texas Department of Transportation will remove such signs on any of the roads in its jurisdiction, but the person who put up the signs is responsible for the cost of removal. Individual municipalities might have even more restrictive ordinances regarding political signage, so check with your town before posting.
If you live in a development governed by a property owners' association, Texas law allows such groups to adopt certain restrictions regarding political signs. The association can require that such signs be ground-mounted -- and can limit the number of posted signs on an individual property to one for each candidate or ballot issue. A property association can also prohibit and remove signs with balloons, music, offensive language or graphics, or other distractions.
A graduate of New York University, Jane Meggitt writes regularly for various legal blogs. Her work has appeared in LegalZoom, USA Today and many other publications.