Chapter 05 - Sign Regulations

Chapter 05 - Sign Regulations

26.0501 Regulated.


Except as otherwise allowed or permitted in this chapter, it is unlawful to erect, maintain or display outdoors in American Samoa, any sign, including any billboard, ground sign, wall sign, roof sign, illuminated sign, projecting sign or display illustration, for the announcement or the advertisement of any business, product, service or event.

26.0502 Signs allowed without permit.


The following signs shall be allowed without permit:

(1) any sign attached to, painted upon, or otherwise placed upon a building where the business announced or advertised is actually carried on, or the product announced or advertised is actually manufactured, assembled, or sold, or the service announced or advertised is actually available, or the event announced will actually take place. No such sign may project higher than the highest point of the building nor wider than the widest point of the building to which it is attached;

(2) any sign painted upon any vehicle used as a bus or a taxi for the sole purpose of identify-ing the owner or operator of the service, either by words or appropriate pictures or symbols;

(3) signs erected and maintained by the Government of American Samoa or any agency or instrumentality thereof;

(4) temporary signs, which shall mean any sign, banner, pennant, or advertising display constructed of cloth, canvas, light fabric, cardboard, or other light material, and not to be dis-played for more than 72 hours;

(5) memorial signs or tablets, including the names of buildings and dates of construction, when such are cut into any masonry surface or constructed of bronze or other noncombustible materials;

(6) signs denoting the architect, engineer or contractor, when placed upon work under construction and not exceeding 16 square feet in area;

(7) signs informing people to keep off private property.

26.0503 Permits for otherwise prohibited signs.


(a) Any sign otherwise prohibited by this chapter may be allowed by the government by the issuance of a special sign permit, for which a fee of $2 must be charged.

(b) In the issuance of such special sign permits, the following guidelines shall be considered:

(1) whether the proposed sign would in any way interfere with or detract from the natural beauty and attractiveness of American Samoa;

(2) whether the purpose sought to be served could also be served by a sign which would be permissible under 26.0502;

(3) whether the proposed sign would in any way interfere with traffic or pose a safety hazard.

(c) Special sign permits are not to be issued indiscriminately, but only when the need for them is shown and the purpose to be served is a worthy one.

26.0504 Signs existing upon enactment of chapter.


Any presently existing sign not of a type permitted under 26.0502 must either be removed within 60 days of the enactment of this chapter or an application for a special sign permit therefor shall be filed with the Government. Failure to comply with this section subjects the person or persons responsible to the penalties provided in this chapter.

26.0505 Persons responsible for signs.


Any person, which term shall include any corporation, partnership, association, or organ-ization of any kind, who erects, maintains or displays, or who permits upon property owned or controlled by him or it the erection, maintenance or display of a sign, is responsible for that sign.

26.0506 Administration of chapter.


The Governor may delegate the administration and enforcement of this chapter to such official, officials or agency of the Government as may from time to time appear best suited for such task.

26.0507 Enforcement of chapter.


The official, officials or agency charged with the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter shall have the power to order the removal of any sign which is in violation of this chapter. In the event such an order is not obeyed within 48 hours, the official or agency shall have the right to remove the sign summarily, and no liability may attach to him or it if it should subsequently be held that the sign was not in violation of this chapter.

26.0508 Violation-Penalty.


(a) Any person responsible for a sign which is in violation of this chapter is guilty of a class C misdemeanor in determining the fine.

(b) Each day such sign continues in violation of this chapter, the person or persons respon-sible shall be guilty of a separate offense, and shall be punishable therefor.