Guideline No. 51 – Signs

51a REAL ESTATE SIGNS

An Exterior Alteration Application NEED NOT be submitted for real estate signs if ALL of the following applicable criteria are met:

  1. One direction sign is permitted on a corner leading to an open house but must be removed at the end of the sale day.
  2. The sign is in compliance with the Howard County Sign Ordinance for Real Estate signs.
  3. The sign does not interfere with vehicular or pedestrian traffic, obstruct traffic sight lines, or otherwise impair safety.
  4. The sign does not include “SOLD”  “PENDING” or “UNDER CONTRACT” riders. These are not permitted.

51b TEMPORARY GARAGE SALE AND TEMPORARY CONTRACTOR SIGNS

An Exterior Alteration Application NEED NOT be submitted for temporary signs such as garage sale signs, or signs advertising contracted work being done on the property, if ALL of the following applicable criteria are met:

  1. The sign is in compliance with the Howard County Sign Ordinance.
  2. The sign is not larger than 20 inches by 28 inches, and does not stand more than 3 feet above the ground when measured from the top of the sign or post, whichever is higher.
  3. Contractors using their logos, trademarks and other color schemes do not post more than one per lot.
  4. Signs are not posted on trees, light poles, street signs or official neighborhood identification or on neighborhood watch signs.
  5. No more than one temporary sign is on any property.
  6. Signs are neatly lettered, clean and maintained in good condition.
  7. Garage sale signs are posted no more than 24 hours in advance of the sale and are removed at the end of the sale day.
  8. Signs advertising contracted work being done on a property are posted for no more than 30 days. These signs must be removed upon completion of the project.
  9. The sign does not interfere with vehicular or pedestrian traffic, obstruct traffic sight lines, or otherwise impair safety.
  10. The sign is at least 20 feet from the adjacent curb or street.

51c   POLITICAL SIGNS

An Exterior Alteration Application NEED NOT be submitted for political signs.

Political signs may not be posted in the community’s common areas and must meet the criteria of Howard County, Maryland, and Federal Law.

51d HOME SECURITY SIGNS

An Exterior Alteration Application NEED NOT be submitted if the following criteria are met:

  1. Standard home security signs are attached to the front of the house.
  2. A free standing home security sign is no more than twelve inches square.
  3. Free standing signs are mounted on a metal stake or wood post located no further than 10 feet from the house.
  4. Only one free standing or attached sign is in front of the house. A second sign may be attached to the rear of the house or mounted in the rear yard.

NOTE: No other signs shall be permitted on any lot without submission and approval of an Exterior Alteration Application.