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Posted on: November 9, 2020

Be aware of current temporary sign regulations, now that Election Day has passed

City of Spearfish

SPEARFISH, SD – Rules regarding temporary signs change now that the election season, as defined by City Code, has passed.

During election seasons, defined by the City Code as 60 days before an election to 48 hours after, additional temporary signs are allowed on private property and within the adjacent rights-of-way. These signs may be displayed continuously during that period. 

Now that the election season is over, additional signs are no longer allowed, and temporary signs, including feather banners, may only be continuously displayed for seven (7) days each calendar month. All temporary signs must comply with the following:

            a. One sign, maximum 6 square feet, is allowed in the public right-of-way

            b. Two signs, maximum 6 square feet, and one sign, maximum 32 square feet, are allowed in multi-            family and commercial properties

            c. Two signs, maximum 6 square feet, are allowed in residential properties.

            d. Feather banners are only allowed on private property 

Residents will be notified of any noncompliant signs, and if not made compliant, the City may remove the sign from the property. Noncompliant signs within the right-of-way will be removed immediately.

Please be mindful of this change when considering when and how to display temporary signage. 

Residents can apply for a sign permit on the City’s website or at the Building and Development Office. Signs with a valid permit are not subject to the seven-day rule. A link to the online sign permit application can be found at

The City thanks residents and businesses for their cooperation. 

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