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What can I do to keep my candidate’s political signs from being removed?

(A Lake Oswego police officer or firefighter answers readers’ questions each week in this space. To submit a question, call staff reporter Cliff Newell at 503-636-1281 ext. 105 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

PHILLIPSLake Oswego Code 47.08.300 is the ordinance governing temporary signs. The code prohibits signs attached to any public property, such as utility poles, street sign posts, stop sign posts, etc. It also prohibits signs from being placed in the right-of-way abutting any property without permission of the property owner. Signs cannot be attached to trees, bushes or shrubbery.

Lake Oswego does not regulate the content of signs, only where they can and cannot be placed. Whether your sign is a garage sale sign or a real estate sign, a Johnson sign or a Goldwater sign (yep, I’m old), it will only be removed if it is in violation of the code. If your sign was removed, it was most likely placed on a stop sign post, telephone pole or in the right-of-way abutting property other than yours.

Additionally, the city does not allow signs (other than public notices) to be placed on city property or in the right-of-way abutting city property. This is to prevent the appearance of the city promoting or endorsing a candidate, political view — or garage sale.

— CSO Dan Phillips

If you have a specific request or see a violation occur, the Lake Oswego Police Department encourages all citizens to contact the non-emergency line at 503-635-0238 and an officer will be dispatched as soon as available.