Signs placed in the right-of-way that are not part of the roadway system are considered illegal under Pierce County Code. Such signs impact visibility for motorists and pedestrians, and impede Pierce County road maintenance activities.
Pierce County road crews remove illegal signs from the right-of-way on a regular basis. Call (253) 798-6000 or complete the Request for Acton Form to report an illegal sign.
Political signs are allowed under the Freedom of Speech. Learn more about political signs under Temporary Signs in the Pierce County Code (18B.10.040).
Sign removal by Pierce County
Any sign in the Right-of-Way (ROW) that poses a hazard to the traveling public will be removed once Planning and Public Works becomes aware of it.
Crews regularly patrol the top 10-15 intersections where illegal signs accumulate on a monthly or quarterly basis to remove signs and discourage future placement.
Crews sweep high volume arterials quarterly to clean the roadside and discourage future placement of signs.
Crews will also respond to sign-related service requests as they are submitted.
Pierce County will send a letter to repeat offenders to inform them that their signs have been removed and explain Pierce County sign laws.
Pierce County will hold signs at the Central Maintenance Facility in Frederickson for a minimum of one week or until the volume of signs requires that they be recycled at a local recycling center. You may call (253) 798-6000 to see if your sign is onsite, and schedule a pick-up time.
If you believe your sign was improperly removed by Pierce County, you may file a Claim for Damage.
With the exception of political signs, signs may not be placed in right-of-way. If you are unsure of where the right-of-way is located, please contact a licensed land surveyor.
You may also view this graphic to help you get a general idea of where the right-of-way boundary typically falls and what features the right-of-way typically includes.