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Outdoor Advertising Permits

Any sign structure or combination of structure and message in the form of outdoor sign, display, device, figure, painting, drawing, message, plaque, poster, billboard, advertising structure, advertisement, logo, symbol or other form which is visible from the main-traveled way requires a permit.


Checklist

  • Review Guidelines
  • Contact Your Coordinator
  • Obtain Permission from Landowner
  • Obtain Approval from Local Authorities
  • Apply!
  • Decision to Approve
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Guidelines

Permit Required
Any sign structure or combination of structure and message in the form of outdoor sign, display, device, figure, painting, drawing, message, plaque, poster, billboard, advertising structure, advertisement, logo, symbol or other form which is designed, intended or used to advertise or inform, any part of the message or informative contents of which is visible from the main-traveled way.

Requirements

  • No larger than 672 sq. ft.
  • No higher than 48 ft.
  • No longer than 60ft.
  • Placement in area that is zoned for commercial or industrial use. If unzoned, placed in area with commercial and industrial activities.
  • If sign is along an interstate it must be at least 500 ft. from any sign, interchange or rest area.
  • If sign is along a primary highway in a rural area it must be at least 300 ft. from any sign.
  • Sign must have a permit plate attached to it.

No Permit Required

  • Official traffic control signs, markers, or information panels erected or approved by SCDOT.
  • Real estate signs (for sale or lease) located on the property they advertise.
  • "On Premise" signs (that is, signs located on the premise of the business they advertise). These may still be subject to local regulations.
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Coordinator List

Headquarters DOT Office (Columbia) (803) 737-1339

Midlands Region (Columbia) - (803) 737-1130
(Cherokee, York, Chester, Lancaster, Chesterfield, Kershaw, Aiken, Lexington, Richland, Lee, Union, Fairfield, and Sumter)

Pee Dee Region (Florence) - (843) 661-4710
(Marlboro, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion, Horry, Williamsburg, and Georgetown)

Piedmont Region (Greenville) - (864) 241-1010
(Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Laurens, Abbeville, McCormick, Newberry, Greenwood, Edgefield, and Saluda)

Low Country Region (Orangeburg) - (803) 531-6850
(Barnwell, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Clarendon, Allendale, Bamberg, Hampton, Colleton, Dorchester, Berkeley, Jasper, Beaufort, and Charleston)