Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Approves Legal Agreement to Remove Illegal Signs on Roads


Feb. 27, 2013

News Highlights

  • Board authorized the county to enter into a legal agreement with the Virginia Department of Transportation to remove illegal signs from roads.
  • Sign removal program will begin later this year, and it will operate between Tuesday through Friday.
  • Signs will only be removed from selected highways, not neighborhood streets.

At its Feb. 26 meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors authorized the county to enter into a legal agreement with the state to remove illegal signs from public rights-of-way.

Once the agreement is signed, the county will have authority to take down signs as an agent of the Virginia Commissioner of Highways, as allowed by the Code of Virginia Section 33.1-375.1.

The county plans to remove signs between Tuesday through Friday. Illegal signs, including political signs and advertisements, would be removed by the Sheriff's Office Community Labor Force. Signs only would be cleared from highways designated by the board, not neighborhood streets.

The removal program will begin later this year after the county finalize details on the program's operation.

For more information about the agreement, read:

Under state law, some kinds of signs are permitted in public rights of way. These include no tresspassing signs; Red Cross stations; signs at the intersections of two or more roads giving the distance or direction to a church, residence, or place of business; signs denoting only the name of a civic service club or church; and signs advertising or providing directions to a "special event."

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