Around the House – November 2020

Bandit Signs

Village of Oak Lake is in an unincorporated part of Sugar Land and therefore, we do not fall under any city ordinances that regulate bandit signs.  However, our deed restrictions cover such signs as follows:

Declarations of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions; Village of Oak Lake

Except for signs owned by Declarant or other Builders advertising their model homes during the period of original construction and home sales, no sign, advertisement or billboard, or advertising structure of any kind other than a normal “For Sale” sign not to exceed nine (9) square feet in total size may be erected or maintained on any Lot in said Subdivision.  Declarant, the Association, or its assigns, will have the right to remove any sign, advertisement or billboard or structure that does not comply with the above, and in so doing shall not be subject to any liability of trespass or other sort in connection therewith or arising with respect to such removal.

Rules regarding bandit signs vary by state, by city and town, and even by subdivision and community. These rules not only cover the “scammy” signs, but also legitimate signs posted by well-meaning people.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation – Rules for Posting Campaign Signs: During campaign season, the landscape blooms with a special kind of flower – the political sign. Unlike wildflowers that are welcome anywhere, putting campaign signs on public lands is illegal. So, before you plant that sign, learn the law and keep Texas beautiful.

What you need to know:

  • It is illegal to place any sign on or within the right of way. This includes posting signs on trees, telephone poles, traffic signs and other objects on the right of way.
  • Campaign signs along Texas roads can be placed on private property with the owner’s permission. Signs must be made of lightweight material and be no larger than 50 square feet.
  • Campaign signs may be posted as early as 90 days before an election (no earlier) and must be removed within 10 days after the election.

One of the biggest complaints about bandit signs is that they are eyesores. They can be distracting to drivers and make an intersection look unsightly.  In addition, some bandit signs are the handiwork of scammers who are not legitimate.

If you are a person who posts bandit signs, please follow the rules/guidelines/laws for the area you are placing your signs.  The VOL HOA Board is discussing the trash and sign issue in our neighborhood and we hope to have a solution in the very near future.