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Ask HPD: Yard Sale Signs

Question: I'm interested in holding a yard sale for a sports team and would like to post signs in the community to raise awareness. Can I do this?

Answer: There are penalties for individuals, or organizations, who post signs on city or state property. Violators can face a fine of up to $500 and/or 30 days in jail.

ROH 29.4.4 No. 7:

No person shall: "Post, affix or display any notice, poster or other paper or device, calculated to attract the attention of the public, to any lamppost, public utility pole or shade tree, or upon any public structure or building except as may be authorized by law..."

HRS 445-114:

§445-114 Unlawful posting in public places. Except for a public officer in performance of a public duty, or a private person in giving legal notice on other than utility poles, it shall be unlawful for any person to paste, post, paint, print, nail, tack, or otherwise fasten any card, banner, handbill, sign, poster, outdoor advertising device, or notice of any kind or cause the same to be done, on any curbstone, lamppost, utility pole, streetlight pole, hydrant, bridge, tree, street sign, traffic sign, or traffic light upon any public property in the State, except as may be required by the ordinances of the county where it is posted, or by the laws of this State or of the United States. [L 1965, c 233, pt of §1; Supp, §155-123; HRS §445-114; am L 1998, c 181, §1]

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