(Washington, DC) The District of Columbia released the proposed rules for the display or posting of a wide range of outdoor signs in the District.
The publication of the newly re-organized and simplified draft regulations is the result of an extensive multi-agency effort, initiated by Mayor Vincent C. Gray, to simplify and provide greater clarity to the existing complex and arcane sign rules.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray stated that “It is anticipated that all stakeholders, whether in private industry or the general public, will benefit from these new simplified regulations.”
The proposed regulations consolidate all of the District’s rules pertaining to outdoor signage in one section of the District’s Municipal Regulations. The regulations also state the rules for posting and, if necessary, obtaining a permit to post signs. Title 13 of the DC Municipal Regulations (DCMR), where the new regulations will be located, is organized so that rules that address specific types of outdoor signage are grouped in the same chapter. For example, regulations regarding signs on public space are in their own chapter, separate from the chapter for signs on private property. Finally, for each type of sign requiring a permit it is clearly indicated which agencies will be involved in the submission, review, approval and permit issuance process as well as which agency will be responsible for enforcement of the regulations.
The draft regulations can be found on the DC Register’s website at http://www.dcregs.dc.gov/Notice/NoticeListForPublic.aspx?type=default&CategoryName=Proposed Rulemaking&BeginTime=5/19/2012 and will be available for public comment for the next 60 days. Comments may be submitted in writing to Alice Kelly, Manager, Policy Branch, Policy, Planning and Sustainability Administration, District Department of Transportation, 55 M Street, S.E., 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20003 or emailed to email@example.com.
For additional information please contact Alice Kelly at (202) 671-2252 or Alice.Kelly@dc.gov.