Maine Revised Statutes

§1913-A. Categorical signs

1. Types of signs.  The following signs may be erected and maintained without license or permit under this chapter as follows:
A. Signs of a duly constituted governmental body, a soil and water conservation district or regional planning district; [1981, c. 318, §3 (NEW).]
B. Signs located on or in the rolling stock of common carriers, except those which are determined by the commissioner to be circumventing the intent of this chapter. Circumvention shall include, but not be limited to, signs which are continuously in the same location or signs that extend beyond the height, width or length of the vehicle; [1981, c. 318, §3 (NEW).]
C. Signs on registered and inspected motor vehicles, except those which are determined by the commissioner to be circumventing the intent of this chapter. Circumvention shall include, but not be limited to, signs which are continuously in the same location or signs that extend beyond the height, width or length of the vehicle; [1981, c. 318, §3 (NEW).]
D. Signs, with an area of not more than 260 square inches, identifying stops or fare zone limits of motor buses; [1981, c. 318, §3 (NEW).]
E. Signs showing the place and time of service or meetings of religious and civic organizations, in the municipality or township. Each religious or civic organization may erect no more than 4 signs. No sign may exceed in size 24 inches by 30 inches; [1981, c. 318, §3 (NEW).]
F. Memorial signs or tablets; [1981, c. 318, §3 (NEW).]
G. Hand-held or similar signs not affixed to the ground or buildings; [1999, c. 152, Pt. G, §2 (AMD).]
H. Signs bearing political messages relating to an election, primary or referendum, provided that these signs may not be placed within the right-of-way prior to 6 weeks before the election, primary or referendum to which they relate and must be removed by the candidate or political committee not later than one week thereafter; and [1999, c. 152, Pt. G, §2 (AMD).]
I. Adopt-A-Highway Program signs allowed under section 1117. [1999, c. 152, Pt. G, §3 (NEW).]
[ 1999, c. 152, Pt. G, §§2, 3 (AMD) .]
2. Types of signs outside the right-of-way.  The following signs may be erected and maintained outside of the public right-of-way without license or permit under this chapter as follows:
A. Signs erected by a public, civic, philanthropic, charitable or religious organization announcing an auction public supper, lawn sale, campaign or drive or other like event or soliciting contributions; [1981, c. 318, §3 (NEW).]
B. Signs erected by fairs and expositions within the county where the activity is located; [1981, c. 318, §3 (NEW).]
C. Signs bearing religious messages and signs showing the time and place of services or meetings of religious and civic organizations; [1981, c. 318, §3 (NEW).]
D. Signs erected by nonprofit historical and cultural institutions. Each institution which has certified its nonprofit status with the commissioner, may erect not more than 2 signs with a surface area not to exceed 50 square feet per sign; [1991, c. 387, §1 (AMD).]
E. Signs bearing political messages; and [1991, c. 387, §1 (AMD).]
G. Signs erected between May 1st and December 31st by a producer of agricultural products, as long as those signs advertise products that are grown, produced and sold on the producer's premise. A producer that grows, produces and sells an agricultural product from a location with frontage on a numbered state highway may not erect a sign under this paragraph adjacent to that highway. Signs must be directional in nature and may advertise only the agricultural product that is available for immediate purchase. The producer erecting the sign shall remove the sign once the agricultural product advertised on the sign is no longer available. A sign may not exceed 8 square feet in size and must be located within 5 miles of where the product is sold. A sign may only be erected on private property after the producer erecting the sign has obtained the landowner's written consent. A sign must be a minimum of 33 feet from the center of a road. A producer may not erect more than 4 signs pursuant to this paragraph and the total number of signs erected by that producer under this paragraph and section 1911, subsection 2 may not exceed 6. [1997, c. 635, §3 (NEW).]
[ 1997, c. 635, §§2, 3 (AMD) .]
3. Regulations.  The commissioner may promulgate regulations and orders, including prohibitions, to protect highway safety and implement the intent of this chapter.
The signs referred to in this section shall be subject to regulation, including prohibition, as set forth in section 1922.
[ 1981, c. 318, §3 (NEW) .]
4. Zones.  The commissioner may promulgate regulations permitting signs, including signs bearing commercial messages, in any zone or area of the State, together with regulations concerning the dimensions, construction, illumination and other characteristics of such signs if the Attorney General certifies to the commissioner that the United States Supreme Court has determined that signs in such zones or areas must be permitted.
[ 1981, c. 318, §3 (NEW) .]
5. Prohibited practices.  None of the signs referred to in this section may be erected or maintained on any traffic control signs or devices, public utility poles or fixtures or upon any trees. None of these signs may be painted or drawn upon rocks or other natural features.
[ 1981, c. 318, §3 (NEW) .]
6. Interstate system.  None of the signs referred to in this section, other than signs conforming with subsection 1, paragraphs B and C and logo signs erected pursuant to section 1912-B, may be located within the right-of-way limits of the interstate system or within 660 feet of the nearest edge of the interstate system and erected in such a fashion that the message may be read from the interstate highway.
[ 1995, c. 416, §2 (AMD) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1981, c. 318, §3 (NEW). RR 1991, c. 2, §89 (COR). 1991, c. 387, §§1,2 (AMD). 1995, c. 416, §2 (AMD). 1997, c. 635, §§2,3 (AMD). 1999, c. 152, §§G2,3 (AMD).

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