For Sale/Rent/Lease Sign Ordinances
The Arizona Association of REALTORS® (AAR) has a great summary on their website of For Sale Sign Laws in Arizona and the rules regulating restrictions from HOAs. View it here: https://www.aaronline.com/manage-risk/for-sale-sign-laws/
Open House Sign Ordinances
The following “OPEN HOUSE” sign ordinances have been compiled by SAAR for your convenience. Though we do our best to ensure accuracy, please verify all information. Click on the link below each municipality to be taken to the full ordinance. Last updated June 2015.
- An “Open House” sign is allowed only for any residential use and nonresidential condominiums.
- An “Open House” sign shall be a sandwich or tent style with a maximum height of three (3) feet.
- An “Open House” sign shall contain the words “Open House” and/or an arrow. It may also include:
The address of the property, and/or
The name and/or logotype of the listing broker, or agent and/or their contact information
- An “Open House” sign may only be displayed during the actual hours of the open house and while the property owner or selling broker/representative is present at the open house.
- “Open House” signs shall have no riders or attachments, except one (1) rider having maximum dimensions of 6”X24”, only displaying the name and/or contact information for the owner of the subject property, or the respective selling broker.
- One (1) onsite “Open House” sign is allowed on the subject property. No permit is required for this sign.
In addition to the onsite “Open House” sign, up to eight (8) additional offsite “Open House” signs located in the Town right-of-way may be allowed per any one (1) open house, subject to the following:
- Pursuant to Carefree Town Code Article 11-3, Section 11-3-3, an open house sign permit is required for offsite “Open House” signs. This rule has been suspended until April 1, 2016.
- An offsite “Open House” sign shall pertain only to a property located in the Town of Carefree.
- One (1) “Open House” sign is allowed at the intersection of two (2) or more streets.
- Two (2) signs are allowed at street intersections on Cave Creek Road or Tom Darlington Drive, one on each side of the right-of-way.
- Properties which are not located at the corner of an intersection, but which have access fronting Cave Creek Road or Tom Darlington Drive, may have one (1) sign in the right-of-way on the side opposite to their property.
- One (1) sign may be placed in the right-of-way where a curve in the street is sharper than a right angle, but where there is no intersecting street.
- For gated communities, one (1) “Open House” sign may be placed at the entrance in the common area or the right-of-way adjacent to the gated entrance. Such sign shall be approved by the respective homeowners’ association.
- Signs are not allowed in any medians that divide portions of paved or unpaved roads
- The “Open House” sign shall be placed a minimum of one (1) foot behind the curb. If no curb is present, signs shall be located a minimum of three (3) feet from the edge of the pavement.
- No sign shall be placed so as to obstruct pedestrian, bicycle, and/or vehicular traffic and visibility.
- Sign placement and/or quantity of signs, other than as described above, may be approved by the town zoning administrator.
Any sign erected, posted or placed in any town right-of-way in contravention of these rules will be declared contraband and shall be immediately seized by any town employee or official.
- An “Open House” directional sign may be posted at each directional change from the major arterial street not to exceed six (6) total signs – not including one (1) real estate sign posted at the property.
- Each Open House directional sign shall not exceed a maximum height of three feet (3’) and shall not exceed a maximum total area of six square feet (6 sq. ft.).
- Open House directional signs may be posted only when a sales person is on duty at the home/parcel.
(Town of Cave Creek Zoning Ordinance; Chapter 9; Section 9.1.D)
- Open house directional signs shall be used only to direct traffic to a residence for sale, lease or rent.
- Maximum number of directional signs for each residence for sale, lease or rent shall be five (5).
- Maximum area for each sign shall be six (6) square feet.
- No sign may be greater than twenty-four (24) inches wide and thirty-six (36) inches tall.
- Signs shall not be illuminated.
- Sign must contain a directional arrow.
- Signs shall be placed at least one (1) foot behind the curb. If no curb is present, signs shall be located at least one (1) foot from the edge of the paved portion of the public right-of-way. No sign is allowed on sidewalks or within the center medians that divide portions of paved or unpaved roadways.
- No sign shall be placed within one hundred fifty (150) linear feet of the Shea Boulevard public right-of-way.
- Signs must be made by a professional sign company.
- Signs shall not be located within one hundred (100) linear feet of any sign advertising the same location.
- Sign placement, other than as described above, may be approved by the Zoning Administrator or authorized designee.
- Signs in the right-of-way, or upon public property must be temporary and must comply with the limitations of Table XXV-1. Signs must not be placed or mounted on utility or traffic control structures.
- Prior to erection all temporary signs must receive a permit issued by the Town.
- Open house directional signs may be used to direct traffic to a residence for sale, lease, or rent – they must be placed on private property
- Maximum number of directional signs is six (6) for each residence for sale, lease or rent
- Maximum area for each sign is three (3) square feet
- Signs will have a maximum height of thirty-six (36) inches
- Signs shall NOT be illuminated, display balloons, flags or make noise
- No sign is allowed on sidewalks or within the center medians that divide portions of paved or unpaved roadways
- No sign shall be placed within one hundred fifty (150) linear feet of any traffic control light
- Open house signs may only be displayed between sunrise and sunset; all temporary signs must be removed each day no later than sunset.
- A sign that is visible from a public street shall not require a sign permit if the sole purpose of the sign is to provide on-site directional or locational information.
- Planning and Development staff may issue permits for temporary events (open houses).
- Balloons, banners and pennants may be used as temporary signs during an open house, but only when a person is on duty at the open house.
– Balloons shall be subject to the following safety standards: be securely fastened, be set back from the property line at least one foot for each foot of the height of the balloon, including tethering cord, and shall not project above the roofline.
– Banners shall be subject to the following safety standards: be attached to a solid structure in a secure manner, have a minimum clearance of eight feet above grade when placed above an area open for the common or general use of the public, be vented to ensure they will withstand wind pressure from any direction applied to the projected exposed area, and shall not project above the roofline.
- Portable “A” frame signs, pennants, streamers, or other similar devices are not permitted, except as directional signs for open houses (see #6 below).
- Temporary, nonilluminated, real estate signs, not more than six square feet in area, advertising the sale or rental of premises on which the sign is located do not require a permit.
- Six (6) real estate directional signs, which may be portable, are allowed for an open house. Each sign shall not exceed an area of four square feet, shall be erected only when a person is on duty at the open house, and shall not be erected without the consent of the property owner on whose property it is erected.
- Limited to no more than four (4) events at one site in a calendar year.
- No sign shall emit any sound which is intended to attract attention beyond the boundaries of the lot on which it is located or which creates a public nuisance.
- No sign shall be animated or contain the optical illusion of sign movement, except as may be allowed in the commercial land use designations as defined in Section 705.D.1.a, subject to obtaining a use permit in accordance with the provisions of Section 307.
- No sign shall occupy public property in any manner, nor shall any sign extend across a property line where such property line borders a public or private street, highway, alley, lane, parkway, avenue, road, sidewalk, or other right-of-way, whether such a right-of-way has been dedicated to the public in fee or by easement, and whether or not such right-of-way has been used as right-of-way.
- Planning and Development personnel may, without notification, cause to be removed any temporary or portable sign erected upon or projecting into public property.
- Signs are prohibited to interfere with visibility at street intersections or driveways. at all public street intersections, there shall be no sign erected between the heights of three (3) feet and ten (10) feet and no obstruction to vision between those heights.
No sign shall be erected, operated, used or maintained which:
- Due to its position, shape, color, format, or illumination, obstructs the view of, or may be confused with, an official traffic sign, signal, or device or any other official sign.
- Displays lights resembling the flashing lights customarily associated with danger or those used by police, fire, ambulance, and other emergency vehicles.
- Uses in a manner which may confuse motor vehicle operators, the words “stop,” “warning,” “danger,” “turn,” or similar words implying the existence of danger or the need for stopping or maneuvering.
- Creates in any other way an unsafe distraction for motor vehicle operations.
- Obstructs the view of motor vehicle operators entering a public roadway from any parking area, service drive, alley, or other thoroughfare.
- Open house directional signs shall be used to direct traffic to a residence for sale.
- Such sign shall be used only when a sales person or homeowner or homeowner’s agent is present during the time of the open house.
- An off-premise open house directional sign shall be allowed at a rate of one (1) sign per each turning movement beginning at the residence for sale and allowed for a maximum one (1) mile distance from the residence for sale.
- The maximum area of each such sign shall be four (4) square feet.
- The maximum height of such sign shall be three (3) feet.
- Such sign shall not be illuminated.
- Such sign shall not be placed in any right-of-way.
- Such sign shall not be placed so as to create a traffic hazard.