Section 3: Permit Renewal, Duration, and TransferAnchor: #i1000005
Renewal of Outdoor Advertising Sign Permits
A sign permit must be renewed each year. All sign permits that were issued prior to September 6, 1985 require renewal annually on October 1. A sign permit issued after September 5, 1985 must be renewed on the anniversary date of its issuance but no later than the 46th day after the permit’s expiration date. Permits that are not renewed will automatically expire. To renew the permit, the permit holder must:
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- complete form ROW-OA-22, Permit Renewal Application for Outdoor Advertising Signs; or renew the Outdoor Advertising Permit online through the Highway Beautification Online Application also known as HBAIT; Anchor: #LEKGUTVT
- the applicant's name is to be shown exactly as it appears on the Outdoor Advertising License and the previously issued sign permit; Anchor: #SIXTTSGQ
- the renewal application must be properly signed; Anchor: #XQOLECWD
- submit a nonrefundable permit renewal fee of $75.00, made payable to TxDOT Outdoor Advertising; and Anchor: #LEMBAXUG
- The submission of a permit renewal application
and the fee must be mailed to the Texas Departent of Transportation,
ROW Division, P.O. Box 13043, Austin, Texas 78711-3043.
NOTE: A permit is not eligible for renewal if the sign has not been built. The sign owner may apply for a new sign permit for the location.
If the check or money order submitted in payment of the permit renewal is dishonored upon presentment by TxDOT , the permit renewal will be voided as of the date of renewal.Anchor: #i1000062
Duration of State Outdoor Advertising Sign Permits
A permit issued or renewed is only valid for the location indicated on the original permit application and only for the sign described on that application unless an amended permit application has been filed and approved. A permit is valid for one year from the date it is issued by the department, provided the sign is erected and maintained in accordance with the law and all applicable rules, unless it is canceled sooner. The permit will automatically terminate if:
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- the State or political subdivision of the State acquires the sign for which the permit was issued; Anchor: #TMWNTQBF
- outdoor advertising license held by the permit holder is not renewed due to failure to maintain a valid bond or corporate franchise, expires for non-payment or is revoked; Anchor: #XAHVRCSD
- the permit is not renewed; Anchor: #TNJUUFRD
- the permit is canceled by the permit holder; or Anchor: #WUWEQANW
- the sign is not built within one year of the permit issuance date.
If a city has been certified by the State to exercise control of outdoor advertising signs under the Highway Beautification laws, a state permit is not required for signs within the city limits of that city unless the permit is for an electronic sign; however, the applicant must hold a Texas Outdoor Advertising License.
Before a sign may be erected inside a city, and sometimes the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) of a city, it may be necessary for the owner to obtain a sign permit from the city in addition to obtaining a sign permit from the State. Further information on Municipal Control of Signs is available.Anchor: #i1000116
Transfer of State Advertising Sign Permits
State sign permits cannot be transferred without TxDOT approval; only valid permits may be transferred.
In requesting transfer of a valid sign permit, the following actions must be taken:
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- form ROW-OA-16, Application for Transfer of Outdoor Advertising Sign Permits , must be completed and must have the notarized signatures of the seller and the buyer. If either party is a corporation, the notarized signature must be that of a corporate officer. Anchor: #VCIYHOJO
- a nonrefundable transfer fee of $25.00 for each permit to be transferred, not to exceed a total of $2,500.00, must be submitted. The fee should be made payable to TxDOT Outdoor Advertising and may be paid by either the seller or the buyer. Anchor: #FVAXSBRF
- the submission for transfer and the fee must be mailed to the Texas Department of Transportation, ROW Division, P.O. Box 13043, Austin, Texas 78711-3043.
The department is authorized to approve the transfer of the sign permit(s) when the application has been found to be in compliance with State regulations.
The department will not approve the transfer unless both the seller and the buyer hold valid Outdoor Advertising Licenses at the time of approval. Each license must provide coverage for the county in which the sign is located.
The department can approve the transfer of one or more sign permits from a lapsed outdoor advertising license to a valid outdoor advertising license, with or without the signature of the transferor, if:
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- legal documents showing the sale of the sign are provided, and Anchor: #MOOAITPK
- documents are provided that indicate the transferor is dead or cannot be located.
A permit that has an unresolved permit violation will not be transferred. An unresolved permit violation means that a permit cancellation is impending or a cancellation is being held in abeyance pending the outcome of an administrative hearing.Anchor: #PUNARTNJ
Amending a Sign Permit
To perform customary maintenance or to make substantial changes to a permitted sign the permit holder must obtain an amended permit.
The Form ROW-OA-4A, Amended Permit Application for Outdoor Advertising Sign on an Interstate or Primary Highway, must:
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- be completed in the exact name shown on the Outdoor Advertising License; Anchor: #NOVWKBIB
- clearly show the previous construction of the sign along with the new potential configuration changes and description of the sign and all other items required by the application; Anchor: #NKMCXFLX
- provide verification of the applicant's nonprofit status, if the sign is a nonprofit sign; Anchor: #YXBFJCIO
- must have a notarized signature of each individual applicant or a corporate officer if the applicant is a corporation or the managing partner if the applicant is a limited partnership; and Anchor: #OXEQNGXP
- be accompanied by a nonrefundable amended permit fee of $100.00 made payable to TxDOT Outdoor Advertising. Anchor: #MCGKORLD
- The submission for the permit application and the 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 sign permits is dishonored upon presentment by TxDOT, the permit will be canceled as of the date of receipt of payment.
Making a change to a sign that requires an amended permit without first obtaining an amended permit is a violation and will result in an administrative enforcement action.
If an amended permit application is denied, the applicant may file a request with the executive director for an appeal using the same procedures found in §21.170.
If maintenance or changes authorized under this section are being made on a conforming sign because of a natural disaster, the department may waive the requirement that the required amended permit be issued before the work begins. If the department grants a waiver under this subsection, the permit holder shall submit the amended permit application within 60 days after the date that the work is completed. If the maintenance or changes violate this section or the permit holder fails to submit the amended permit application as required by this subsection, the sign is subject to enforcement and removal actions.
An amended permit is valid for one year after the date of the department's approval of the amended permit application. The date of the department's approval of the amended permit application is considered to be the amended permit's date of issuance.