Amherst, Virginia: Town limits number, size, and duration of display of personal expression signs


Case Overview

The town of Amherst, Virginia, placed numerous restrictions on people placing signs in their own yards. Specifically, it limits people to two signs and 16 or 40 square feet of signage depending on the part of town. It also bans any single sign from being displayed for more than 60 days continuously and bans signs from being up for more than 120 days total a year.

On June 5, FIRE wrote to the town council outlining the constitutional problems with its sign ordinance and urging the town to remove unconstitutional provisions.

Case Team

Brennen VanderVeen

Program Officer