Outdoor Advertising Regulation Helps to Protect Public Space and Enhance Driver Safety
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) regulates the right-of-way along more than 700,000 miles of highway which excludes miles of city, county, and rural roads. Currently, there are more than 60,000 billboards in Texas, and TxDOT needs funding to capture a comprehensive inventory of commercial signage. Commercial signs and outdoor advertising are a major impact on the visual environment of Texas highways. In addition to these signs being a major distraction for drivers safety, there is a new movement of digital signs that create light pollution, unnecessary energy use (in some cases the same amount of energy 25 houses take), and a large carbon footprint impact. The Commercial Sign Regulatory Program at TxDOT can be found here.
TxDOT outdoor advertising billboard complaint forms, contacts, booklet, rules, and other forms regarding a billboard can be found here.
Illegal signs also known as bandit signs in the public right-of-way are outlined in the Highway Beautification Act and can be found here