No. Off-premise outdoor advertising signs are prohibited allow designated Scenic Byways. Signs erected prior to October 2011 are considered non-conforming and cannot upgraded or replaced.
Yes. You will need to contact your local government office for their sign permit requirements. Some counties do not allow new off-premise outdoor advertising signs. The signs must also conform to local government sign code regulations.
Sign Tag permit application (PDF, 155kb) require the signature of the applicant, property owner, and local zoning board. Applications must include a detailed site plan showing all property lines, distance from the state’s right-of-way, and location of the sign on the property, State route number, intersecting roadways, and distances from other sign(s) on the property.
Once these requirements are completed, MDOT SHA reviews the application with a review time of approximately two (2) weeks. The applicant is responsible for securing all necessary approvals.
No. Local governments may also have ordinances regarding heavily illuminated signs. Flashing lights can also be a hazard to the traveling motorist.
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