Code of the District of Columbia

§ 1–303.21. Rules.

(a) The Mayor shall issue, amend, repeal and enforce rules governing the hanging, placing, painting, projection, display, and maintenance of signs on public space, public buildings, or other property owned or controlled by the District and on private property within public view within the District. The proposed rules shall be submitted to the Council for a 45-day period of review, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, and days of Council recess. If the Council does not approve or disapprove the proposed rules, in whole or in part, by resolution within this 45-day review period, the proposed rules shall be deemed disapproved. The rules shall not take effect until approved by the Council.

(b) The rules shall:

(1) Determine the types of signs that shall be allowed and prohibited and establish permit requirements for signs, where appropriate;

(2) Establish standards for the location, size, and illumination of different types of signs;

(3) Allow for the display of signs that contribute to a healthy business environment and civic communication while protecting the health, safety, convenience, and welfare of the public, including protection of the appearance of outdoor space throughout the District;

(4) State the specific requirements for large signs and billboards;

(5) Establish standards for signs on historic sites or in historic areas;

(6) Provide structural requirements for signs to ensure their safety;

(7) Ensure compliance with federal highway requirements;

(8) Provide for the creation of Designated Entertainment Areas to allow for the display of additional signs; and

(9) Establish permit fees.

(10) Repealed.