Bellevue, NE asked in Business Law and Municipal Law for Nebraska

Q: I have flyers to hang up for business. Is it legal to hang them on neighborhood lightposts or the side of the mailbox?

The community mailboxes and metal street lights in the neighborhood for more clarification

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A: It is almost certainly illegal to hang advertising flyers on lightposts, telephone posts, and mailboxes that do not belong to you.

The general rule is that, barring some local ordinance forbidding it, flyers can be hung on your own property or on another's property with that owner's consent.

Some businesses in certain areas--particularly entertainment districts--freely consent to allow advertising flyers to be posted in store windows or bulletin boards to advertise other--typically non-competing--businesses as part of the ambiance and image they want to project. For example, a bar or restaurant might allow a nearby playhouse to post an advertising flyer, and vice versa.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Nebraska attorney could advise best, but you posted two weeks ago. In many cities or towns, such advertising practices are usually prohibited. Check with local city officials - they would know this better than attorneys would. Good luck

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