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Background Information on Signs

Spotsylvania County has changed the way it enforces its sign policy. The underlying zoning ordinance on signs is not changing.  It has always been illegal to place signs in the VDOT right-of-way, but the County has historically suspended enforcement of its sign rules from 12:00pm on Friday to 12:00pm on Monday.

The Board of Supervisors voted to eliminate the weekend grace period of sign enforcement.  The Board has received significant negative feedback on the proliferation of advertising signs throughout the County.  While the Board’s action does not target real estate in anyway, there is no legal mechanism for exempting signs by the words on the sign so our members who put up temporary directional signs for open houses will be impacted.

The County began enforcing the sign rules full time as of the last week of February.  Zoning officials and public works employees are authorized to pick up signs in violation of the rules and there is a process for retrieving those signs.  At this point, there is no fee associated with a violation.  Many of the surrounding jurisdictions have similar strict sign rules that prohibit directional signs on public land and in the VDOT right-of-way.


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