Highway Beautification

ORS 377.510
Signs visible from state highways regulated

  • junkyards prohibited
  • exceptions


A sign that is visible from a state highway may not be erected or maintained in an area that has been established by final order as a scenic area except:


Traffic control signs or devices.


Signs other than outdoor advertising signs, as defined in ORS 377.710 (Definitions for ORS 377.700 to 377.844).


Signs approved by the Director of Transportation, or the authorized representative of the director, erected and maintained by a public utility or telecommunications utility for the purpose of giving warning of the location of an underground cable or other installations.


Signs identifying incorporated or unincorporated communities, erected in compliance with ORS 377.715 (Application of ORS 377.700 to 377.844) and 377.756 (Permits for signs erected by city or unincorporated community) to 377.758 (Notification by federal authorities of illegal sign), that are designed to complement the scenic quality of the area in which the signs are erected. Signs located in snow zones may be more than eight feet in height to compensate for snow if approved by the director.


Unless adequately screened as provided in ORS 377.620 (Restrictions on maintaining or establishing junkyard along highway) (3)(a) or unless located within a zoned industrial area, no junkyard shall be established which is visible from a state highway where the area immediately adjacent to the state highway has been established by final order as a scenic area. [1961 c.614 §7; 1965 c.219 §24; 1967 c.590 §14; 1987 c.447 §122; 1991 c.287 §1; 1993 c.741 §45; 2007 c.199 §22]


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Jun. 26, 2021