Peterborough sign ordinance doesn’t apply to political signs on private property

  • This house on Route 101 in Peterborough has drawn some residents' ire for its oversized Trump paraphernalia. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/20/2021 4:57:08 PM

Although the Peterborough Select Board has received multiple letters about signage recently, the town’s sign ordinance doesn’t apply to political signs on private property, Town Administrator Nicole MacStay said. She laid out the limitation of the town ordinance in a recent email exchange with a concerned citizen, who shared it with the Ledger-Transcript.

The citizen was writing specifically about 10 Dublin Road, a prominent property at the intersection of Route 101 and 202 that has a large Trump sign and a life-size image of the now-former president himself, as well as smaller signs for Republican candidates across the Route 101-facing side of the house. The Select Board had three letters regarding signage on their consent agenda Tuesday evening.

Political signage on private property doesn’t fall under the purview of the town’s sign ordinance, MacStay wrote. Although town ordinance limits the size and other specifications of non-political signs, and references state law 664:17, which limits the tenure of political signage on public property, town ordinance currently can’t force anyone to remove political signs from their private property, she wrote.


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