Chapter 2: Authority for Sign and Junkyard Control

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Section 1: Federal Laws & Regulations

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Federal Law

In enacting the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, (Public Law 89-285), Congress declared that outdoor advertising signs and junkyards in areas adjacent to the Interstate and Federal Primary Highway Systems should be controlled in order to protect the public investment in such highways, to promote the safety and recreational value of public travel and to preserve natural beauty. The Act authorized the Secretary of Transportation to enter into Agreements with the States to promote the reasonable, orderly and effective display of outdoor advertising.

All of the amendments to the original Act have been codified in Title 23, United States Code Annotated, Section 131 for Outdoor Advertising and Section 136 for Junkyards.

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Federal Regulations

To implement the Highway Beautification Act of 1965 and the Amendments thereto, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issues directives and incorporates its policy into the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Parts 750 and 751.

Each State is required to develop a statement regarding policies and procedures it proposes to follow in implementing a sign control program. Such a statement was prepared for Texas and was filed with FHWA. The original agreement is dated May 2, 1972 with supplements on July 17, 1972 and March 6, 1973.

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