Temporary Signs

Temporary signs, also known as limited duration signs, are easy to procure, inexpensive and simple to install. They can provide an effective way to advertise. There are legal limits on where such signs may be posted in Chesterfield County.

Illegally installed temporary signs in the public right-of-way are subject to removal, citation and/or fines.

Temporary Sign Enforcement for Private Property

Temporary signs illegally placed on private property are a zoning violation and are subject to routine code compliance. You may file a complaint regarding such signs using the Community Development Division's Enterprise Land Management (ELM) Citizen Access Portal.

Such complaints will be investigated by code compliance staff to determine if an actual code violation exists. If a violation does exist, staff will notify the property owner and seek voluntary compliance. Correction may require sign removal or relocation and may result in court action. 

While the enforcement process moves forward for each individual sign, that sign will likely remain visible until the violation is resolved. Such legal processes may require several weeks to several months to resolve, from complaint to compliance.

  1. Types of Temporary Signs
  2. Prohibited Temporary Signs
  3. Permitted Temporary Signs
  4. Public Right-of-Way Sign Removal

Types of Temporary Signs

Many different types of temporary signs advertise businesses, political campaigns, community organizations, events, real estate, yard sales, etc. Temporary signs (also known as limited duration signs) have a limited lifespan and are not permanently mounted. These signs include:

  • A-Frame
    Temporary portable signs, also called sandwich boards.
  • Banners
    Temporary signs made of flexible material, attached to a frame, posts or a structure. 
  • Flags
    Temporary signs consisting of cloth or other flexible material, used to attract attention to a commercial use or activity. This includes feather flags (vertical advertising flags). 
  • Ground-Mounted
    Temporary signs, also called bandit signs or yard signs, made of plastic, foam, PVC, vinyl, cardboard, paper or other lightweight temporary material and are mounted on a wire or wooden stake, stand or frame driven into the ground. 
  • Pole-Mounted
    Temporary signs and/or posters attached to utility poles and/or traffic safety signs.

For more information about temporary signage, visit the Frequently Asked Questions section.