Sign Information

The Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Vermont Travel Information Council have put together the following information to assist Vermont businesses and organizations in establishing signage that complies with state and federal laws.

For more than 50 years the Vermont legislature has made conscious efforts to keep our roads and highways free from unnecessary signs, passing state statutes and adopting federal regulations that govern the size, color and placement of signs. These laws apply to all Vermont businesses.

If you have an on-premise business sign, it is important to know that there are limitations on location, size, height and structure in order to meet state and federal requirements. No privately owned signs are allowed in the state right of way, which is at least 25 feet from the centerline of the highway, and could be more. To find out exactly where the state right of way is, you may contact the VTrans District Manager in your area to insure compliance with state and federal regulations.

For District map and information

Most towns and cities have sign ordinances as part of their zoning. Contact your town officials to acquire necessary local permits for your on-premise sign. A local permit does not guarantee that your sign will comply with state and federal regulations. At a minimum, an on-premise sign may not be larger than 150 square feet (unless attached to a building), be taller than 25 feet, or be farther than 1,500 feet from the main entrance to the business measured along the highway centerline. On-premise signs are not allowed to face limited access highways.

For State statutes governing signs (10 V.S.A. Chapter 21)

Only official traffic control signs and devices are allowed within the highway right of way. One of these signs is an Official Business Directional Sign (OBDS). For information on OBDS and how to apply for them, click the link below:

For OBDS information and application forms (PDF)

Shown: Assembly of OBDS
Measurements: 16 inches high by 72 inches long
Cost: Application fee, $175.00 per sign
Annual renewal fee, $100.00 per sign

If you have any further questions regarding proper signage please contact one of the following:

Ms. Toni May
Program Specialist
VT Agency of Transportation
Mr. John Kessler
Travel Information Council, Chair
Agency of Commerce & Community Development