County to Enforce State Law Banning Advertisements in Highway Right of Way


Through a signed agreement with the Virginia Department of
Transportation, Albemarle County will begin enforcing a state law against
advertising signs in the highway right-of-way in February to improve safety
and aesthetics along entrance corridors like Route 29 and Route 250.
Advertisements are defined as devices intended to draw attention to or to
solicit public support for goods, merchandise, property, business, services,
entertainment or amusement activities. As of February 17, county inspectors
will remove advertisements placed in the right-of-way as part of their
regular duties as they travel around the county. The County will also conduct
sweeps to remove signs that are in violation.
Illegal advertisements removed by County staff may be discarded, and violators
are subject to a $100 fine.