Political Signage in the Village
Tis the season—for political campaigning, that is. As a reminder to all residents, below are the do’s and don’ts of posting political signs or symbols in Third and United mutuals.
According to Resolution 03-12-108, adopted in 2012, the Third Board of Directors prohibits the placement of political signage in/on Third Mutual common areas.
According to Resolution 01-08-141, adopted in 2008, no member, occupant, co-occupant, lessee or guest (or any person for whom said member, occupant, co-occupant, lessee or guest is responsible) shall place, post or display, or allow to be placed, posted or displayed, any sign, poster, flag, banner or symbol of a political nature, on any property owned by the corporation, except within the specific unit to which said person is entitled to exclusive possession, except as authorized under applicable law.
Resolution 01-19-60, Vehicle, Traffic and Parking Rules, states that the mutual allows residents to display up to two political signs/message on their vehicles.
Civil Code §4710
California Civil Code, updated in 2014, supersedes part of the above rules:
- Members can place a candidate flag on their balcony and block wall. The political statement flags cannot incite violence or be offensive/vulgar, and must be no larger than 15 square feet, or approximately 3 by 5 feet. This size restriction applies to all flags.
- Governing documents may not prohibit posting or displaying of noncommercial signs, posters, flags or banners on or in a member’s separate interest, except as required for the protection of public health or safety or if the posting or display would violate a local, state, or federal law.
- A noncommercial sign, poster, flag or banner may be made of paper, cardboard, cloth, plastic or fabric, and may be posted or displayed from the yard, window, door, balcony or outside wall of the separate interest, but may not be made of lights, roofing, siding, paving materials, flora or balloons, or any other similar building, landscaping or decorative component, or include the painting of architectural surfaces.
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