Signs are allowed on residential properties subject to zoning rules, but signs are not allowed on roads and medians. Learn more below about how to report a complaint about a sign.
Signs on Roads & Medians
Fairfax County removes illegal signs from over 99 selected major roads throughout the county under the Illegal Sign Removal Program.
State law prohibits the posting of signs on state rights-of-way with limited exceptions. Signs 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.
Signs on Private Property
The county's zoning rules put restrictions on the size, location, and, in certain instances, the length of time signs on private property can be posted. Building or electrical permits also may be required depending on the sign.
- Complaints: Use the online complaint form, or call the Department of Code Compliance at 703-324-1300, TTY 711.
- Permits: Go online for more information on sign permits or call the Department of Planning and Zoning Inspections Branch at 703-324-4300, TTY 711.
For more information, read the county’s Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 12).
Because roads are owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation, this state agency is responsible for taking care of traffic signs and signals. To report problems, call 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623), TTY 711, or use the VDOT work request form.
However, street name signs are maintained by the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services' sign shop. Call 703-877-2800, TTY 711, to report problems./code/sites/code/files/Assets/documents/PDF/signs.pdf