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Before you post a sign adjacent to a State highway, you need to contact the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) Outdoor Advertising Representative at your local
district office. Signs governed by this rule include not just billboards but also yard sale, political, real estate, and other types of advertising signs.
No. State property is reserved for official traffic control signs or devices. Other signs are distracting to motorists and potential safety hazards.
State and federal regulations and laws require permits to track the number, use, location, spacing, and maintenance of signs. Permits ensure that signs are properly maintained, removed when they have served their purpose, do not clutter roadsides, and do not create a safety hazard.
Yes. However, you must still meet certain criteria.
Counties, towns and cities have their own sign regulations. You may need to get a permit from the locality, as well as from MDOT SHA. Make sure to contact your local government offices.
Download an applicationor obtain one from any
MDOT SHA district office.
Permit price is based on the size of the sign and number of advertising faces. Contact your local MDOT SHA district office for permit fees. All sign permits must be renewed annually by April 30th. Out-of-state applicants must obtain a $1,000 Surety Bond before sign permits are issued.
About two weeks.
Permit applications require the signature of the applicant, property owner, and local zoning board. You must also include a detailed site plan showing property lines, setbacks from the right of way, location of the sign on the property, State route number and intersecting road, and distances from other sign(s) on the property.
Once you have completed these requirements, you can usually receive your permit in approximately two weeks. Responsibility for securing these approvals rests with the applicant.
here to view the MDOT SHA Roadside Memorial Policy. Then contact your closest MDOT SHA district office.
Contact the Maryland Transportation Commission at (410) 865-1280. For complete instructions see the Dedication of Transportation Facilities tab at Maryland Transportation Commission. A map and a table of the State's dedicated roads is online HERE (click the table icon at upper right to see a list of dedicated roads). A supplemental map is HERE.
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