On Saturday, the city started enforcing a new state law that prohibits the placement of “unsolicited papers, fliers, pamphlets, handbills, circulars or other materials advertising a business or soliciting business” at homes in New York City where the property owner has posted a sign saying such materials are not wanted. Advertisers who violate the law face fines from $250 for a first offense to $1,000 for repeat violators.
Relief for Victims of Unwanted Menus
The “lawn litter” legislation was sponsored by State Senator Frank Padavan and Assemblyman Mark S. Weprin, both of Queens, where complaints about “lawn litter” have been particularly acute.
The property owner’s sign must be at least five inches tall and seven inches wide, and display the following language in legible letters at least one inch in size: “Do Not Place Unsolicited Advertising Materials On This Property.”
(The city has provided a helpful sample sign that property owners can print from their computers. An advocacy group that fought for the law, Stop Lawn Litter, is offering free copies of the sign, too.)