Why doesn’t DDOT or DPW enforce the city’s sign regulations when it comes to the overabundance of political campaign signs on lampposts?
The District’s lampposts are covered in signs this election season, with at least three of the eight mayoral campaigns slapping their logos up around town. What you see as overabundance, though, doesn’t get fined for a reason: It’s almost all legal.
District Department of Transportation regulations allow a campaign to post three signs on one side of the street per block, meaning that any one candidate could take over six lampposts on one street. That’s a lot of signs to post without violating any rules. If anybody is exceeding the limit, they aren’t getting punished for it—a Department of Public Works spokeswoman couldn’t find any evidence of fines being issued in the past year over campaign signs.
Things could soon get more complicated for the District’s sign posters. Under proposed new regulations, anyone using equipment to hang a sign would need a permit. That could spell trouble for people hoping to run their campaigns like mayoral hopeful Jack Evans, whose signs get their high vantage points with the use of ladders.