The City adopts the regulations set by the Maine Department of Transportation regarding the placement of political and campaign signs in the "public right of way". Maine Department of Transportation rules regarding placement of political signs (updated April 2018)


Signs may not be placed on public property within 250’ of a polling place on Election Day (Title 21-A §682), that includes City Hall as the location for absentee voting.   The City's polling places are:

  • Boys & Girls Club, Broadway
  • American Legion Hall, Broadway
  • South Portland Community Center, Nelson Rd
  • Redbank Community Center, Macarthur Circle
  • City Hall, 25 Cottage Road 

Signs may not be placed on the lawns or structures of School or City buildings.   

Signs may be placed on private property with the landowner’s permission at any time.

All candidates, PACs and BQCs are required to review and follow election laws concerning Disclosure Statements on Campaign Communications.   More information on this can be found on the Maine Ethics Commission website.

If you notice a sign posted on public property that appears to violate these rules, please do not remove the sign yourself.  Please call the City Clerk's office at (207) 767-7627 with the details and the City Clerk will investigate.  If a problem is found, the candidate or campaign will be contacted and asked to remove or move their sign.  If the sign is not moved or removed, the sign will be removed.