Commercial Signs Regulatory Program
Right of way
TxDOT regulates commercial signs along Texas highways under Transportation Code Ch. 391 and outdoor advertising along minor roads outside of the corporate limits of cities, towns and villages under Transportation Code Ch. 394. Commercial signs do not include signs located within the state right of way, including traffic signs, memorial signs, or logo signs.
Texas Administrative Code
All regulations concerning commercial signs and outdoor advertising in Texas can be found online in the following subchapters of the Title 43 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 21:
- Interstate and Primary Highways: Subchapter I
- Rural Roads: Subchapter K
- Directional Signs: Subchapter Q
*Please note that amendments made to Trans. Code Ch. 391 have changed the maximum height of newly constructed signs to 60 feet, which is not yet reflected in the administrative code.
Report alleged violations of law and rules for commercial signs in EPS.
Commercial signs, junkyards, and regulated highways map
The regulations for commercial signs and outdoor advertising in Texas require information such as the classification of roadways and the locations of other permitted signs. TxDOT maintains a public-access reference map to assist you with obtaining some of this information; a link to which is provided below:
Enterprise permitting solution
Enterprise Permitting Solution (EPS) allows you to manage the licensing and permitting for your commercial sign business online. Through EPS, you can do the following without needing to submit forms by mail:
- Apply for, amend, and renew a license or permit.
- Register for directional signs.
- Obtain nonprofit permits.
- Resolve violations.
- Transfer permits to other operators.
- Request replacement plates.
- Submit and track complaints.
Please read the following prior to starting the registration process:
- The person registering for the account should be the primary contact.
- The primary contact may register delegates after completing the registration process.
- All primary contacts and delegates should register as individuals even if they work for a company/organization.
Subscribe to updates
If you are interested in receiving notifications including announcements of rule changes regarding the commercial signs regulatory program for billboards, please subscribe to updates.
- Commercial signs notices and forms
- Certified cities
- Certified Cities Annual Teleconference (2021)
- Commercial signs prohibited on certain highways: Transportation Code 391.252
- Commercial sign regulations video
- Campaign signs
If you require assistance or have questions concerning commercial signs and outdoor advertising, please contact the Right of Way Division. Responses usually occur within one business day.