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NDOT Reminds That Advertising Signs Are Not Allowed On State Highway Roadsides

Post Date:02/26/2018 4:26 PM

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Department of Transportation is reminding community members that advertising signage is not allowed on state highway property. 

Federal regulations and Nevada state law prohibit certain advertising signage on public highway property, including but not limited to yard sale signs, event signs and realtor or business signage. State road property often extends beyond the roadside, fence line or sidewalk of interstates, freeways, highways and urban state roads or streets.

"This is about safety,” NDOT District Engineer Boyd Ratliff explained. “Signs that distract or block the view of drivers or interfere with maintenance of our roadsides are not safe.”

The State Route 227/Lamoille Highway roundabout has become a frequent location for signage, creating potential traffic safety concerns. Additionally, it is unsafe for pedestrians to cross roadway lanes without a designated pedestrian crossing to install signs.

Nevada Department of Transportation staff remove unlawful signs on highway roadsides, often temporarily storing them at the nearest NDOT maintenance station for pick up by the sign owner. Per Nevada Revised Statute 405.110, sign owners can also be fined up to $250. 

Further information is available by dialing (775) 888-7000 or visiting “public involvement/sign rules and regulations” at

Many local cities and counties have specific guidelines regarding advertising signage on local roads.

Signage for Future Political Seasons

NDOT also reminds those who may be involved in future elections that political signs are not allowed on state road right of way. NDOT employees will carefully remove signs erected in the right of way and store them at the nearest NDOT maintenance station for retrieval by sign owner within 30 days. Political signs less than 4 by 8 feet can be posted on private property next to state roads no more than 60 days before an election. Signs over that size require an NDOT permit. Local cities and counties may have additional guidelines regulating placement of political signs along local roads. 

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