Kansas City to perform sweep of illegal signs April 17

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Kansas City to perform sweep of illegal signs April 17

The city of Kansas City, Mo. Public Works and Neighborhood and Community Services departments will perform "sign sweeps" on Tuesday, April 17. Throughout the day, city staff will perform a sweep of the city to remove illegal signs in the public right-of-way. All signs picked up by the city will be destroyed.

Neighborhoods and residents are welcome to participate by canvassing their areas and removing illegal signs in the public right-of-way or on utility poles, such as old yard sale, garage sale, promotional and political signs. Residents unaware of the location of right-of-way boundaries are advised to not remove signs.

While signs in Kansas City's right-of way have always been illegal, up until this point there has been no tool to enforce this. A proposed ordinance will add a minimum $20 fine for each illegal sign that will be imposed on the party that owns the sign. This will give the city the tool to enforce this existing law and help improve the appearance of our neighborhoods.

In working with city staff and elected officials, KCRAR has been assured that real estate signs are not the target of this “sign sweep” or the proposed enforcement ordinance. However, this is a good opportunity for members to confirm that their signs are in compliance and not located in the public right-of-way.

Questions? Contact Missouri Government Affairs Director Derek Ramsay at derekr@kcrar.com

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