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YOU CAN NOW SUBMIT YOUR VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PERMIT ON-LINE.
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
Begin your application for Vegetation Management At Outdoor Advertising Sign online at: https://osp.fdot.gov/
Paper applications are available for down load on our Documents and Publications page.
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:
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.
Applications and questions about the vegetation management program or policies and procedures may be directed to Dana Marcum at email@example.com, (850) 414-4574.
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