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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Erin Phalon

RELEASE: January 26, 2007

Department of Transportation Proposing to
Amend Regulations on Roadside Sign Control
and Outdoor Advertising

The New Jersey Department of Transportation is proposing to readopt with amendments N.J.A.C. 16:41C, its regulations regarding Roadside Sign Control and Outdoor Advertising. This rule establishes guidelines, standards and requirements to be followed and adhered to in outdoor advertising and related activities along the roadways of New Jersey.

The amendments include limitations on the total number of square feet of advertising space permitted on outdoor advertising signs located on property owned or controlled by a State department, agency, board, commission, corporation or authority, to the square footage authorized on the effective date of the legislation; requirements for the submission of disclosure statements to DOT; requirements that the State House Commission must review and approve a waiver before DOT allows a placement of a sign on public property; requirements that a public hearing be held before the Commissioner issues an outdoor advertising sign permit, other than a conditional permit; and requirements that where the permit applicant is a private entity, all relevant municipal approvals must be received by the applicant prior to the issuance of an outdoor advertising permit, other than a conditional permit. Additionally, P.L. 2004, c.58 established a State tax clearance process for certain businesses that are holders of licenses from State agencies, and allowed that licenses may be suspended for businesses that fail to pay state tax indebtedness. The proposal has been amended to include the requirements of this public law. The proposal also includes increases in the annual permit fees, which have not increased since 1997, to cover the costs of administering the program.

The proposed rule appears in the January 16, 2007 issue of the New Jersey Register. The public has until March 17, 2007 to comment on the proposal. Persons wishing to comment on the proposal must provide their comments in writing to Miriam Crum, Administrative Practice Officer, NJ Department of Transportation, 1035 Parkway Avenue, PO Box 600, Trenton, NJ 08625-0600. Fax: (609) 530-3841. Comments must be postmarked or sent by telefacsimile on or before March 17, 2007 which is the close of the 60-day public comment period. Comments submitted to the Department on the proposed rulemaking are public records and are available for public inspection by prior appointment during normal Department business hours.

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