Advertising on Private Property


The following are guidelines for advertising on private property in the City of Ashland. As a guest in our City, your compliance with the following guidelines is expected and appreciated. (C.O. 541.10)*


  • An advertising permit is required when any materials will be left at a residence or for a resident without handing it to them directly
  • Advertising permits must be approved by the City Council
  • Fee of $15 to be remitted with application in addition to an example of all materials which will be distributed
  • Application, fee, and all materials must be submitted to the Mayor’s Office one week prior to City Council Session
  • Materials to be left must be in a plastic bag
  • Hours for Door-to-Door advertising are 9:00am until no later than 7:00pm or sundown, whichever is earlier
  • Asking for documentation of any kind from residents is not permitted
  • Permits valid for the calendar year in which they are issued – a maximum of 4 visits to a neighborhood in the city during the year

Submission of an advertising permit application is viewed as acceptance of the above terms. The $15 fee is due in the Mayor's Office before the permit will be granted. 

Advertising Permit Application


   (a)   No person shall stick or post any advertisement, poster, sign or handbill or placard of any description upon any building, vehicle or upon any tree, post, fence, billboard or any other structure or thing whatever, upon the private property of another without permission of the occupant or owner of the same, nor paint, mark, write, print or impress, or in any manner attach any notice or advertisement or the name of any commodity or thing or any trade mark, symbol, or figure of any kind upon anything whatever upon the property of another without first obtaining permission of the owner of such thing on which they desire to place such notice, advertisement, name, mark or figure.
   (b)   Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) hereof, the activity of placing bags containing advertising items upon doorknobs unless in any way objected to by the property owner or occupant, shall be permitted , but only in accordance with the following provisions:
      (1)   No person shall engage in such activity without first obtaining a permit .
         A.   Applications for permits shall be obtained from the office of the Mayor.
         B.   Each application must be approved by Council before a permit will be issued.
         C.   A permit shall be good for one year, covering the period from January 1 through December 31 in each year.
         D.   An annual fee, as established by motion of Council, shall be paid prior to the issuance of a permit upon the approval of the permit application.
         E.   Permits issued after January 31 shall be subject to a prorated annual fee.
      (2)   In applying for a permit the following information must be submitted:
         A.   Name of distributor;
         B.   Business address of distributor;
         C.   Purpose of distribution activity;
         D.   Anticipated frequency of distribution;
         E.   Such other information as Council shall by motion, deem necessary and appropriate.
      (3)   All distributions of material shall be in bags, which shall be placed securely on doorknobs and in such a manner so as to prevent litter.
      (4)   The bags, distributed in accordance herewith, shall be marked, in a reasonable fashion, so as to identify the distributor.
      (5)   Council may, for a violation of these provisions or any other good cause, revoke, at any time, a permit granted in accordance with this section.  No refund of the permit fee shall be made in the event of the revocation of a permit .  (Ord.  69-77.  Passed 11-1-77.)
   (c)   Whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.