You can report people putting flyers or other advertisements on a vehicle or in a building.

You can also report signs or stickers posted on public property, private buildings, and city-owned grassy areas adjacent to a street. The City will respond in 3 to 7 business days and may remove illegal postings.

Postings are not removed from scaffolding, wood or metal construction fencing, sheds, or barricades.

Complaints are NOT accepted about posters or fliers:

  • Put up by government agencies or Community Boards
  • Announcing street closures or no parking for movie filming
  • Attached to private buildings

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.

Call 311 for assistance.