Section 4: License Approval, Duration, and Renewal

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Upon receipt of the license application, bond, power of attorney and fee, personnel in the ROW Division will examine the submission to determine if it is complete. The license, bearing a number by sequence of issuance, will be mailed to the applicant. The license number assigned must be shown on all correspondence relating to this licensee, including all sign permit applications, permit renewals and permit transfers. An Outdoor Advertising License is not transferable and is valid only for the named licensee or licensees.

The Highway Beautification Application (HBA database), a right of way information system, provides information on new licenses, license renewals, acceptance of new bonds and bond cancellations, license expirations, license revocations and other information important to ROW Division personnel. The HBA database also tracks sign permit information. When a license is no longer valid, the ROW Division must provide this information to all certified cities within the state, so that the city may take appropriate action against the sign permit holder.

If the check or money order submitted in payment of the license is dishonored upon presentment by TxDOT, the license will be canceled as of the date of receipt of payment.

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Further Compliance Required on License Submission

If the license cannot be issued, due to an incomplete or improperly completed submission, the submission will be returned to the applicant, with a list of corrections that must be made before a license can be issued.

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Duration of Outdoor Advertising License

The outdoor advertising license is valid for one year, unless it is relinquished by the license holder or suspended or revoked by TxDOT .

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Renewal of Outdoor Advertising Licenses

An Outdoor Advertising License must be renewed each year. A license issued prior to January 1, 1991 must be renewed on or before January 1 of each succeeding year. A license issued after January 1, 1991 must be renewed each year on the anniversary date of its issuance. Notification of renewal will be sent to the license holder. Licenses that are not renewed before the 46th day after the license’s expiration date will automatically expire.

To renew the license, the licensee must:

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  • complete an Outdoor Advertising License Renewal Application, confirming that the Outdoor Advertisers Bond supporting the license remains in force, or renew the Outdoor Advertising License online through the Highway Beautification Online Application (also known as HBAIT);
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  • provide a nonrefundable license renewal fee of $75.00, made payable to TxDOT Outdoor Advertising;
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  • The license renewal application and fee must be mailed to the Texas Department of Transportation, ROW Division, P.O. Box 13043, Austin, Texas 78711-3043.

If the check or money order submitted in payment of the license renewal is dishonored upon presentment by TxDOT, the renewal will be canceled as of the date of receipt of payment.

As of April 19, 2012, an outdoor advertising license is now required to erect a sign along a rural road.

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