Chapter 1: Introduction

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Section 1: Overview

This volume provides information concerning the control of outdoor advertising signs (OAS) and junkyards in Texas. Summarized in this volume are:

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  • Statutes enacted by the Texas Legislature governing the control of outdoor advertising signs along interstate and primary highways. These controls are implemented pursuant to Transportation Code, Chapter 391.
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  • Statutes enacted by the Texas Legislature governing the control of outdoor advertising signs along all other highways in Texas which are outside of the jurisdiction of any municipality. These controls are implemented pursuant to Transportation Code, Chapter 394.
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  • TxDOT rules and policies governing the screening of junkyards and automobile salvage yards. The Right of Way Division (ROW Division) regulates the screening of junkyards and automobile graveyards located on interstate and primary highways. Junkyards and automobile wrecking and salvage yards are also subject to health, screening and/or public nuisance laws enforced by counties or municipalities.

The Texas Transportation Commission (the "Commission") has adopted rules to regulate and control outdoor advertising and the screening of junkyards. These rules are published in 43TAC Chapter 21.

Specific information relating to a particular sign, sign location, or junkyard location should be obtained from the ROW Division.

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