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Combatting illegal signs in Portland with proposed ordinance revisions

Many people are unaware that illegal advertising on city property and rights of way (ROW) is illegal. The City of Portland’s code regarding such advertising is currently inadequate and lacking in clarity as to definitions, enforcement and authority. Known as “bandit” or “snipe” signs, illegal advertising can be found in many areas of the city. It is a blight on aesthetics; causes clean up expense for what is litter; creates a safety hazard for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians by hindering visibility; and, allows an unjust commercial advantage to those who break the law over those who abide by it.

Friendly Streets has undertaken an initiative to have the city clarify and strengthen the code. Over a period of many months, we have researched the issue and drafted a proposed revised ordinance that can be found here. In the coming months we will be advocating for this revision at City Hall.

Please join us in our efforts by learning about the issue and contacting our commissioners to advocate for improving the current ordinance 

Mayor Ted Wheeler [email protected]

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly [email protected]

Commissioner Nick Fish [email protected]

Commissioner Amanda Fritz [email protected]
Commissioner Dan Saltzman [email protected]

Januar 23,, 2017

See illegal dumping? Report it!

Report illegal dumping

Did you know that you can help clean up illegal dumping? Our Metro Regional Government sponsors a program called Regional Illegal Dumping Patrol or RID.

You can report illegal dumping at 503 234.3000 or online at

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