As authorized by Section
479.106, Florida Statutes, the Florida Department of
Transportation has developed Vegetation Management rules to improve the appearance of Florida's highways, create
a net increase in the vegetative habitat along the roads, and to assure the future
visibility of permitted sign facings (billboards).
Florida Administrative Code Rule 14-10.057, describes all of the requirements
necessary to be issued a permit for Vegetation Management at Outdoor Advertising Sign.
View Zone Diagrams, Figure 2
and Figure 3 define the Vegetation Management Zones.
Mitigation requirements for cutting and removal of vegetation are calculated as outlined in the document
Determining the Mitigation Value of Roadside Vegetation
The Application for Vegetation Management At Outdoor Advertising Signs (Form
Number 650-050-06) can also be accessed online.
Beautification Projects shall not be located in
an area that will screen from view legally erected and
permitted outdoor advertising signs which have been permitted prior
to the date of the beautification project.
Section 479.106(6), Florida Statutes
Florida Administrative Code Rule 14-40.003(2)(g)
"Screen" or "Screening" means the planting or
installation of any vegetation or other landscape
material which will reach a height greater than the height of the
bottom of the lowest sign face, as viewed from a height of 3.5
feet above the roadway surface at the edge of the travel
lane closest to the outdoor advertising sign.
Florida Administrative Code Rule
14-40.003(3)(b) No planting or installation of vegetation or other
landscape material for landscape projects, or issuance of permits
for such planting or installation, including construction and
beautification projects, is allowed on Department right of way which
screens or which, when mature, will screen an outdoor advertising
sign permitted under Chapter 479, Florida Statutes. This
prohibition applies to outdoor advertising signs exempt from
Department permitting requirements that are on the state highway
system and located within incorporated municipalities. This
prohibition applies to all landscape, construction, and
beautification projects on Department right of way regardless of the
source of funds for the project, except for landscape
projects approved by the Department prior to the date of the
original, state sign permit for the sign. For purposes of this Rule,
a landscape, construction, or beautification project is approved
when it is specifically identified in the Department's five year
work program, is a permitted landscape project, is part of an
executed agreement between the Department and a local government, or
has been approved in writing by the Department for installation at a
later date by a local government.
When billboard view zones are within the limits of a
highway landscape project, the landscape architect is
responsible for documenting the location of the billboards
and their respective view zones. Landscape plans, including
maintenance plans submitted for review and approval by the
department must represent a proposed landscape that will not screen
any legally permitted sign face.
The screening prohibition applies to:
- Screening is prohibited within a view zone.
- When a landscape project is proposed within 1,000 feet approaching a
permitted outdoor advertising sign which does not have an approved
view zone agreement or an approved application for vegetation management, the landscape architect of
record will notify the sign permittee at the address provided in
accordance with subsection 14-40.003(3)(b)2
, Florida Administrative Code., that the permittee
has 30 days to submit an Application to Permit Vegetation management
at Outdoor Advertising Sign that proposes the specific location of a
view zone. If an Application has not been submitted by the sign
permittee within 30 days of notification, screening will be
prohibited as described in paragraph 479.106(6)(b)
, Florida Statutes. Contact
information for any sign permitted by FDOT and other useful
information may be obtained at
http://www2.dot.state.fl.us/RightofWay/ or by contacting Outdoor
Advertising Control, Florida Department of Transportation, 605
Suwannee Street, MS 22, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0450.
- The limits
of the screening prohibition may be adjusted pursuant to a written
agreement between the sign permittee and a local governmental
When a Permit has not been issued by the FDOT
for a legally permitted sign within the limits of the highway
landscape project, the landscape architect must contact the
sign permittee (company holding the sign permit). This step
is intended to maximize visibility of sign faces, and maximize
opportunities for highway beautification. The
example notification letter
may be useful.
- LEGALLY PERMITTED OUTDOOR ADVERTISING SIGNS
(BILLBOARD SIGN FACES). The screening prohibition does not
apply to exempt signage, or signage not under the jurisdiction
of Chapter 479.07(1)
, Florida Statutes.
- THE VIEW ZONE FROM THE PRIMARY TRAVEL LANES OF THE HIGHWAY THE SIGN IS
PERMITTED TO WILL NOT BE SCREENED.
- THE VIEW ZONE. The View Zone is established by an
agreement with the Florida Dept. of Transportation, which can be a
vegetation management permit. The view zone
is 350 feet for posted speed limits of 35 miles per hour or
less. The view zone is 500 feet for posted speed limits of
over 35 miles per hour. The established view zone is within the
first 1,000 feet measured along the edge of the pavement in the
direction of approaching traffic from a point on the edge of the
pavement perpendicular to the edge of the sign facing nearest
the highway and shall be continuous unless interrupted by
existing, naturally occurring vegetation. In the absence
of such agreement, the established view zone shall be measured
from the sign along the edge of the pavement in the direction of
approaching traffic as provided in this subsection.
- See View Zone figure
for clarification. For some signs, viewed across
the median (left read), part of the view zone may be within
the highway median.
- THE SIGN FACE. Sign structural supports may be
Applications and questions about the vegetation management program or policies and procedures may be directed to Morris Pigott
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