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Yes, there are circumstances when a permit is required, such as:
A permit is not required if no funds are exchanged and the sign is located at a place of business or other location open to the public.
No, signs - including those defined as temporary - are not allowed in the state highway right-of-way.
Any sign placed in the highway right-of-way is done so illegally. If found, ODOT may remove signs from the right-of-way without notice.
Official highway signs are excluded from this rule.
The highway right-of-way is state-owned property that includes the roadway and often additional property alongside the pavement.
This property is used to enhance road safety, held for future road projects, and so on.
The width of the right-of-way varies depending on the location. Within the limits of a given city, the right-of-way may only extend from curb to curb. In other areas, the right-of-way may extend 200 feet or more beyond the pavement.
As right-of-way boundaries are not always clearly marked, local ODOT districts can provide assistance in determining these boundaries.
A business is defined as a commercial enterprise operated with the intent of economic gain.
A permit is not required when a business - visible from a highway - posts signs at the location of business, about the business. This also applies to activities that are open to the public.
Operations not classified as a business under sign regulations, and therefore subject to permitting rules include:
An activity open to the public is defined as a location whose main purpose is to provide a service to the public. Such locations include:
Signs posted at a location of this nature are exempt from permit requirements if no compensation is exchanged between the involved parties.
Yes, state sign regulations apply to all state and federal highways, regardless of whether the sign is inside or outside the limits of a city.
Some permit requirements change within a city. For example, the law requires more distance between signs outside city limits, than within.
In addition, sometimes the state transfer a state highway to a county or city jurisdiction. In some cases, federal law requires us to continue regulating signs there. Check with us if you have a question about the location.
Occasionally the state transfers ownership of a highway to a county or city jurisdiction. In certain circumstances, federal law requires ODOT to continue it responsibilities to regulation the signs on that roadway.
Oregon laws regulate the placement of signs to protect out state's unique beauty and to improve driver safety by reducing the visual distractions that signs can cause. Signs that are visible from state highways are subject to regulation, including those located on private property.
Oregon is required to meet or exceed federal standards for sign regulation or risk losing 10 percent of its annual highway funding. This amounts to approximately $45 million per year in highway construction and maintenance funding that could be lost if the state does not comply.
For exact, legal definitions, please consult the Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules. If you cannot find a term of interest, please contact our office.
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