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A permit for placing signs legally can be obtained at City Hall. However, placing signs on public or private property without permission of the property owner is against the law.
Those who violate this law can face a fine of up to $500 per day, per offense, at minimum. The City of Guymon Code of Ordinances (Found online at www.guymonok.org) lists various laws that apply to matters within city limits, including signage.
According to Section 10-205 titled Placing Signs on Property of Another, found in Part 10, Offenses and Crimes, “it is unlawful for any person to place, stick, tack, paste, post, paint, mark, write or print any sign, poster, picture, announcement, advertisement, bill placard, device or inscription upon any public or private building, fence, sidewalk, bridge, viaduct, post, automobile, other vehicle or other property of another, without the consent of the owner or person in charge thereof.” In some cases, damages may also occur to the property when a sign is placed.
According to Section 10-204, titled Destroying or Injuring Buildings or other Property, “It is unlawful for any person to destroy, injure, deface, besmear, or molest any structure, building, outbuilding, fence, or any other property, real or personal, public or private, belonging to another; or to use any such property wrongfully to the detriment of the owner or other person entitled to its use; or to interfere wrongfully with the use of any such property by its owner or any other person entitled to its use.”The consequences of breaking these laws is found under Section 1-108 titled General Penalty which reads, “the violation of any provision of this Code or of any ordinance, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine or deferral fee in lieu of a fine or costs of not exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) plus costs, or by imprisonment for not more than thirty (30) days, or both such fine and imprisonment.”
The penalty also specifies that the offense is additionally broken down by days saying, “Each day or any portion of a day during which any violation of this Code or of any ordinance shall continue shall constitute a separate offense.”
Code Enforcement has been educating the public on this matter in recent years, and will continue to remove illegal signs and contact the individual or business in violation with a warning, ticket, or summons to Municipal Court. In the case of a summons a Municipal Judge will issue the judgement based on that individual case and within the boundaries of the law.
*****Additional violations to note, punishable by the same fines, costs, and damages include: Section 1-108 (B) Any person who shall aid, abet or assist in the violation of any provision of this Code or any other ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished as provided in this section.
Section 10-207 - TAMPERING WITH OR DAMAGING PUBLIC UTILITIES.Section 10-212 - INJURY TO PLANTS AND TREES.Section 15-610 - DEFACEMENT OF TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES.
To apply for a sign permit call City Hall Code Enforcement and Building Inspection at 580-338-0137.