Main Street Light Pole Flags Policy and Application

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Fill out our online form if you are interested in banners or flags on light posts along main street and in the downtown core. Please make sure to read our provided policies on this page.

Light Pole Flag Policies 

The City of Aspen provides space to hang flags in the downtown core on Light Posts with the intent of celebrating significant anniversaries of local non-profit organizations beginning at the 10th year anniversary and for prominent local, regional, national, and international events. Banner and flag applicants shall be handled on a first come, first serve basis. Applicants may be asked to alternate light posts with other organizations. The City reserves the right to prioritize City sponsored events over other applicants.

The City of Aspen Engineering department will facilitate the hanging of banners and flags on light posts

in accordance with Municipal Code 26.510.030 (B)(3), which states “any such temporary sign which extends over or onto a public right-of-way shall be erected and maintained in such a manner as to not interfere with or obstruct access, activity, or vision along any such public right-of-way and shall be subject to the written approval of the Engineering Department.”

Applicants are required to submit an application to the Engineering Department showing the dimensions, design and colors of the proposed banners or flags at least three (3) months prior to the event.

The following criteria and procedures shall apply to all requests for flag placement on light posts:

  • The applicant shall be required to submit and application to the Engineering Department office showing the dimensions, design and colors of the proposed banners or flags at least three (3) months prior to the event.
  • Commercial advertising may not take up more than 30% of the total banner and/or flag area.
  • Political advertising on or located in the public right-of-way on public property (even by a non-profit organization) is prohibited per the Aspen Municipal Code 26.510.120 © (3)(b)(2).

Size and Material Requirements 

All proposed banners should meet the City’s specifications for size, mounting and material. Banners shall be 2’ in width by 4’ in height to be compatible with the mounting system on the light posts. Flags must be mounted on a pole that is 6’ long and 1” in diameter. Banners and flags must be made of nylon, plastic or similar durable material. Paper is not allowed.


An installation fee of $20 per flag  shall be charged. There are a total of thirty (30) light posts on Main Street and in the downtown core with brackets for mounting flags. 

Payments must be made in full  prior to hang dates. All checks should be dropped off at City Hall (130 S Galena) attention Engineering Department. 

Time Limit for Display

The display of banners and flags on the Main Street light posts shall not exceed fourteen (14) days or the duration of the event, whichever is less. Banner and flag approvals are not guaranteed and will only be hung upon availability of the Electric and/or Parks Department staff. The length of time that a banner is to be hung is not guaranteed, and may be shortened at the discretion of the City.

Drop Off

Flags shall be delivered to the Parks Department at 585 Cemetery Lane two (2) weeks prior to the event.

A late fee of $100 will be imposed if banners/flags are not delivered on time. Late banners and flags will be hung based on availability of City of Aspen staff.

Pick Up

Banners and flags must be picked up within three (3) days after the display period. The City of Aspen assumes no responsibility for and may discard banners left over 3 days

If you have any questions regarding this procedure or policy, please call the City of Aspen Engineering office at 

(970) 920-5080