GENERAL ELECTION INFORMATION
Information regarding the Town of Bel Air Elections may be found in the Town Code Chapter 37: Elections § 37-6 General elections.
Information regarding the qualifications to be a Town Commissioner may be found in the Town Charter, Article III. The Board of Commissioners, Section 302. Qualifications of Commissioners.
Please refer to the corresponding web pages for election results and information for past and upcoming Town elections.
- 2015 Election - November 3, 2015
- 2017 Election - November 7, 2017
- 2019 Election - November 5, 2019
- 2021 Election - November 2, 2021
Director of Administration/Town Clerk
ELECTION SIGN REGULATIONS
The following guidelines are to be adhered to when placing election signs:
- All signs must be confined within PRIVATE property and shall be not less than ten (10) feet from the right-of-way or property line and twenty-five (25) feet from the nearest intersection of any street or road.
- Temporary signs in all districts not exceeding six (6) square feet may be placed on private property for ninety (90) days prior to a primary or general election. Each property is limited to three (3) signs without need for a permit.
- Temporary signs in the RO and B1 districts not exceeding twelve (12) square feet may be placed twice for a total of ninety (90) days in a calendar year with a permit.
- Temporary signs in a B2/B2A district not exceeding twelve (12) square feet may be placed for a total of sixty (60) days per year or a twenty-four (24) square foot sign may be placed for a total of thirty (30) days per year. Both require permit.
- Temporary signs in a B3/B3A/M1 district not exceeding eighteen (18) square feet may be placed for a total of sixty (60) days per year or a thirty-six (36) square foot sign may be placed for a total of thirty (30) days per year. Both require permit.
- Signs are PROHIBITED on municipal, county or state right-of-way or municipal property. The Town will remove any signs on public rights-of-way or property without notice.
- Signs mounted on vehicles cannot be parked for an extended period of time on any property which does not have a relationship to the candidate (home or headquarters).
- Signs for a candidate’s campaign headquarters must follow the requirements of the underlying zoning district.
- When placing a sign on private property (commercial or residential) you need the property owner’s permission.
If there are problems with any temporary signs we will notify the property owner of the violation, not the candidate.
POLITICAL CAMPAIGNING/CANVASSINGFollow these basic guidelines:
- Avoid campaigning on private property.
- Avoid campaigning inside local events (farmers markets, crafts shows, etc.).
- Seek permission from property owners or event organizers, in advance, to avoid conflicts.
- If in doubt, stay on the public sidewalk, which is a traditional public forum for free speech/leafleting.
- Door-to-door political canvassing is allowed without a permit or license.
- Avoid individual properties with no trespassing signs.
- Leave if you are not welcome.
You may contact the Town of Bel Air, Department of Administration, if you have questions at 410-638-4550.