(1) Temporary signs are considered on-premise signs and may be erected in all zoning districts along controlled routes without permits for the purposes described in this rule only. Temporary signs must not:
(a) exceed 32 square feet in size;
(b) be placed on any location other than private property and may only be placed with the permission of the property owner;
(c) be placed in the public right-of-way or on public property;
(d) be attached on fences, power poles, traffic signal poles or boxes, street lights, trees, rocks, or other natural features;
(e) obstruct the view of motor vehicle operators or create a traffic hazard;
(f) be located within 500 feet of an intersection at grade along a primary highway, or within 500 feet of an interchange or rest area on the interstate highway system as measured from the beginning of the pavement widening for the interchange;
(g) be erected or maintained outside the time limits set forth in this rule for each category of temporary signs;
(h) be erected within 500 feet of an intersection, intersecting roadway, junction, property driveway, or connecting roadways with approaching or merging traffic in rural areas, or within 140 feet of an intersection, intersecting roadway, junction, property driveway, or connecting roadways with approaching or merging traffic in cities or towns;
(i) be erected on interstate highways.
(2) Temporary signs must be removed within the time limits set forth for the sign category in this rule. The department shall notify the landowner, and where appropriate, the real estate agent listed on the sign, of illegal signs which are not removed within ten days of the time limit expiration. The signs shall be removed by the department 24 hours after notification to the landowner and agent.
(3) Temporary signs which meet criteria for the following categories may be erected:
(a) Temporary construction site identification signs erected during the construction period of a structure for the purpose of identifying the project, the owner or developer, architect, engineer, contractor and subcontractors, funding sources, and related information including but not limited to sale or leasing information. Construction site identification signs must not be erected prior to the issuance of a building permit, and must be removed from the subject site before the issuance of a certificate of occupancy.
(b) Temporary real estate sale or lease directional signs erected for the purpose of directing interested persons to the location of a property actively listed for sale or lease. Real estate directional signs may only be erected during the period of a real estate agent's listing agreement for sale or lease of real property, or for 120 days of active sale activities without a listing agreement. The signs must be removed from the subject site no later than 15 days after the sale of the listed property or expiration of the listing agreement.
(c) Other temporary signs at the department's discretion, including but not limited to charity events or causes and public service announcements.