Burien campaign signs allowed with few restrictions
by Jack Mayne
Political signs and campaigning on city property is a relatively open opportunity for candidates, according to Craig Knutson, Burien’s interim city manager and city attorney.
“In response to your question as to whether marches or gatherings by candidates for city council would be permitted in parks or other city-owned property,” Knutson said, “this would depend on the nature, size and location of the event and whether a facility use permit or special event permit would be required and issued pursuant to … Burien Municipal Code.”
Signs that violate city statutes may “are subject to immediate removal by the city’s code compliance officer. Generally, candidates are allowed to reclaim their signs and fines are not imposed.”
Political signs are allowed in all areas of the city and no permit is required, he said. The signs are limited in size to four square feet per sign face on private property in residential zones and on public rights-of-way in any zone. The same size is also allowed in non-residential zones.
“City staff will provide assistance in determining maximum signage allowed in non-residential zones,” Knutson said in an e-mail to the B-Town Blog.
Political signs are prohibited on utility poles, lampposts, traffic signals, traffic signs, public buildings, public structures or public property other than public rights-of-way, he said.
But, for those who have complained about signs still up after the normal 10-day period after the primary election, Knutson signs for the winners may remain.
“Political signs for successful candidates or ballot measures in a primary election may remain until ten days following the immediate subsequent general election,” in other words, after the general election in November.