TxDOT Outdoor Advertising Regulations

The Texas Department of Transportation recently released proposed outdoor advertising rules. The proposed rules would, among other things, clarify: (1) the permit approval, amendment, and cancellation process; (2) the location requirements for billboards along state highways; and (3) the requirement for billboard maintenance access across private property.                                        

In addition, the proposed rules add economic development signs to the list of signs allowed as nonprofit signs, so long as those signs meet certain criteria. The rules will mostly affect billboard and property owners, but city officials interested in billboard regulation should review them as well.

The rules are available at:


Written comments will be accepted until March 17, 2014.  Comments should be sent to Rule Comments, Office of General Counsel, Texas Department of Transportation, 125 East 11th Street, Austin, Texas 78701-2483 or to RuleComments@txdot.gov with the subject line “Right of Way.”  


TML member cities may use the material herein for any purpose. No other person or entity may reproduce, duplicate, or distribute any part of this document without the written authorization of the Texas Municipal League.

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