Party Chairs Remind Residents of Campaign Sign Guidelines

RTC Chair Jamie Millington and DTC Chair Ellery Plotkin penned this joint statement to address complaints.

Campaign Season 2012 is in full swing and many of Fairfield's civic minded citizens are proudly displaying campaign signs for the candidate of their choice. However, it is important to remember that our town does have regulations regarding political signs.

The following guidelines were agreed upon by both Fairfield's Republican and Democratic Fairfield Town Committees in 1995. The guidelines were established to create uniformity, prevent any public safety hazards and reduce visual pollution during and outside of the usual campaign season.

1. Maximum Size: Twenty-eight inches by forty-four inches (28" x 44"). 

2. Length of Time of Display: Thirty (30) days before a Primary Election, Special Election, or Referendum, and sixty (60) days before a General Election. 

3. Removal: Within two (2) weeks of the day the election is held. 

4. Maintenance: In good repair and in safe condition. 

5. Location: Sign placed on private property far enough back from the paved portion of any road as to not obstruct clear vision of any public way by either motorists or pedestrians.

6. Location in Town or State right-of-ways are prohibited and strictly enforced. 

Generally, our town rules allow signs on properties only with the express permission of the property owner.  It is NOT OK to put signs at the end of exit ramps, near traffic signs, on the highway, or on any town property. It is NOT OK to take signs from the lawns of your neighbors. We are already hearing reports of signs being taken off the lawns of private homes. This is NOT an appropriate form of political protest, and in fact, may be trespassing.

We will be out making sure our campaign signs are in compliance and we will be removing all signs placed on Town and State property. If you see a sign that is in the wrong place, please contact Town Planning and Zoning, 203-256-3050.

Please respect the property rights, political views and free speech of your neighbors. There are many ways you can help your candidates. Both parties have conspicuous campaign offices in downtown Fairfield. Stop by and say hello!

We thank all Fairfielders for their cooperation and wish all candidates the best of luck!


Jamie Millington, Chair, Fairfield Republican Town Committee


Ellery Plotkin, Chair, Fairfield Democratic Town Committee

Chuck E. Arla October 15, 2012 at 01:27 PM
"6. . Location in Town or State right-of-ways are prohibited and strictly enforced." Oh, please. When has anybody ever seen the Town remove signs planted on the right of way (e.g. the road side of the sidewalk)??
Fairfield Resident October 15, 2012 at 03:55 PM
That and all the signs for the various events in town that crap up the Town Green at the Post Road and Reef Road. It's disgusting and the Town does nothing about it.
Micki Martin October 16, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Last election I called when I saw signs in the wrong place, and they were removed. If you see a political sign this year in the wrong place, call P and Z.
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