November elections are fast approaching and with political campaigns in full swing, it's important to know Minnesota state laws in relation to displaying campaign signs.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, state law prohibits placement of private signs of any kind (i.e., political and other advertising signage) on highway right-of-way in Minnesota.

In addition, state law says that signs may not be placed on private land without the consent of the landowner.


Highway rights of way include:

  • driving lanes
  • inside and outside shoulders
  • ditches
  • sight corners at intersections
  • boulevards in urban areas.

Violation of the law, Minnesota Statute 160.27, is a misdemeanor. Civil penalties may also apply if the placement of such material contributes to a motor vehicle crash, creates injury to a person, or causes damage to a motor vehicle that runs off the road

Per the Minnesota Outdoor Advertising Control Act, placing advertising materials on public utility poles, trees and shrubs, and painting or drawing on rocks or natural features is also prohibited.

MnDOT workers are instructed to look for violations and remove illegally placed signs.

For complete details on sign placement, follow the link below.

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