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Sign Regulations

What you need to know before you post a sign in Albuquerque.

The Basics

The City of Albuquerque’s Comprehensive Zoning Code has specific regulations related to the posting of signs. In most cases, permits are required to post signs.

When a sign is posted illegally (whether political or other in nature), it may be removed. Various departments throughout the City are responsible for the collection and removal of illegal signs depending on the sign location:

  • Illegal signs improperly placed on traffic signals, traffic signs, arroyos/bridges, sidewalks, utility poles and other public right-of-way areas may be removed and disposed of by the Department of Municipal Development.
  • Illegal signs located within landscaped and non-landscaped street medians may be removed and disposed of by the Solid Waste Management Department.
  • Illegal signs placed in parks, within City limits, may be removed and disposed of by the Parks & Recreation Department.
  • The Planning Departement's Code Enforcement Division enforces the illegal placement of signs on private property.


Below you’ll find a list of links to assist you with securing a sign permit and answering your sign regulation questions.