Private homes may post a sign in front of their property letting people know not to leave ads on the property.
Apartment building residents may post signs indicating how many units want to receive ads and where to place the ads.
Signs posted by property owners must meet the following requirements:
- Must be at least 5 inches tall and 7 inches wide
- Must be placed in a visible area
- Must state in clear letters at least 1 inch high, "Do Not Place Unsolicited Advertising Materials On This Property"
If you receive unwanted advertisements after posting signs, you can can report people and businesses in violation of the Distribution of Unsolicited Advertising Materials Law. This is also known as the Lawn Litter Law. Advertisers that break the law may receive a $250 fine.
You do not need a permit to give out business flyers in a public space. Business owners will be held responsible for any flyers that become litter.
The complaint form, affidavit, and sample signs are available from the Department of Sanitation.