Signs are allowed on residential properties, but there are restrictions on the size, location, and, in certain instances, the length of time signs can be posted. A permit also is required.
For More Information
- Call the Department of Code Compliance at 703-324-1300, TTY 711, with complaints
- To apply for a sign permit, call the Department of Planning and Zoning Inspections Branch at 703-324-4300, TTY 711
- Read the county’s Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 12)
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Signs on Roads & Medians
With limited exceptions, signs are not allowed on state rights-of-way. They may not be posted on any rock, stone, tree, fence stump, pole, mile-board, milestone, danger-sign, guide-sign, guidepost, highway sign, historical marker, building or other object lawfully within the limits of any highway.
For complaints about signs on state rights-of-way, call the Virginia Department of Transportation, 703-383-8368, TTY 711.
Fairfax County does not have jurisdiction over the state rights-of-way and is not currently authorized under state law to remove signs within the state rights-of-way.The Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner is responsible for enforcing the provisions of Va. Code Ann. § 33.1-373, which prohibits the placing of advertisements in the state rights-of-way.