It is important to be a good steward with real estate sign placement and use discretion and common sense when putting signs up. Signs are never allowed in the public right-of-way (which includes sidewalks) and balloons are not to be attached to signs in any jurisdiction throughout Sacramento County or the City of West Sacramento.
California Civil Code Section 713 sets the legal ground work for real estate signs. This section states that an owner of property, or their agent, is allowed to advertise the sale or lease of a property on site in plain view of the public. This advertisement may include directions to the property, the owner or agent’s name, address, and telephone number. Local governments are permitted to regulate the display or placement of these signs on public and private right–of–way.
Information About Advertising on Signs
Real estate signs are allowed without a permit, on–site residential signs can be up to five square feet, and must be set back ten feet from the sidewalk or public right–of–way.
Freestanding directional signs should be limited to one per driveway, and one per service entrance. Directional signs are to be less than four square feet and thirty inches tall. These signs need to be set back at least five feet from the public right–of–way.
Open house signs are permitted with property owner permission, but are never allowed in the public right–of–way (in sidewalks, on the street, etc).
Commercial property may have signs up to sixteen square feet, set back at least ten feet from the public right–of–way.
Real estate signs are allowed on private property, they must be set back at least five feet from the public right–of–way and out of any required vision triangle.
Residential property signs cannot be more than six square feet, and are limited to three riders per sign.
Open house signs are permitted with property owner permission, and are never allowed in the public right–of–way (in sidewalks, on the street, etc.). One sign per directional turn is permitted for a maximum of five signs. These open house signs will have a maximum area of no more than six feet.
Directional open house signs are allowed on weekends and holidays. One sign may be placed for each change in direction, to a maximum of five signs. The open house signs may not be more than six square feet.
Commercial property may have one on–site sign per street frontage with a maximum sign area of thirty–two square feet for parcels with less than one acre, and forty–eight square feet for parcels larger than one acre with an eight foot height limit.
All signs must be removed no later than close of escrow.
All signs must be set back five feet from the public right–of–way and remain out of the vision triangle.
Residential signs need to be less than six square feet, and no more than three riders per sign.
Open house signs are allowed on weekends and holidays, one sign for every change in direction, with a maximum of five signs. Open house signs may not be larger than six square feet.
Commercial property is permitted to use one sign per street frontage. For property less than one acre these signs must be no more than thirty–two square feet. Parcels larger than one acre may use a forty–eight square foot sign, with an eight foot height limit.
One sign per property frontage is permitted. These signs are limited to ten square feet and must be set back from the public right–of–way and cannot obstruct corner visibility requirements.
Open house and directional signs are permitted on weekends and holidays when open house sales activities are ongoing. One sign may be placed for each change in direction to a maximum of five signs. Directional signs are not to exceed an overall size of nine square feet, including supports, and not exceed a height of thirty inches. Directional signs are not to be placed in the public right–of–way.
Commercial signs are limited to a maximum of thirty-two square feet and ten feet tall. They must be set back a minimum of three feet from the right–of–way.
City of Sacramento
One sign per parcel is allowed or exceed six square feet. Signs should use black ink on a white board. Signs may be placed in the area between the face of the street curb and the street side edge of the sidewalk (commonly referred to as the planting strip or mowing strip). The sign must be removed within seven days of sale, rental, or lease.
Any non–confirming signs will be removed at no cost to the City, including a real estate sign that remains up after the expired time, is in the public right–of–way, or on public property without a valid revocable encroachment permit.
City of West Sacramento
One sign per property is permitted but must remain entirely on the property it applies to, be smaller than six square feet, and cannot be directly illuminated. This sign must be removed within seven days of sale, rental, or lease of the property.
Off–site directional signs are allowed for property events that are sponsored by a real estate agent or property owner. The signs may only be displayed on event days, and will be displayed no earlier than 8 am on the day of the event and removed no later than 4 pm the day of the event. These signs are only allowed for existing properties that are available for sale, lease, or exchange.