Banning Billboards

In 1968, Vermont was the first of four states, along with Maine, Hawaii and Alaska, to ban billboards. In their place, Vermont uses travel information signs along state highway corridors to guide residents and visitors to destinations that are located off those highways. Vermont’s ban on billboards was a big step in creating road corridors free of visual clutter.

The law does not regulate on-premise advertising signs — ones located on the same property as the business they are advertising. On-premise signs that are compatible with the character of the surrounding area can contribute to a community’s sense of place and identity, cultivate local pride, and invite people to stop. Municipalities can enact on-premise sign regulations with these things in mind.

VNRC assists municipalities in how to weigh and implement decisions related to signage — and much more. Read more this in our Community Planning Toolbox.

Our Victories

Girl drinking water

Removing Lead Fixtures from Schools

State house in fall with people on lawn

Furthering Environmental Justice

Advancing the Global Warming Solutions Act

Removing Derelict Dams

Supporting and Strengthening Act 250

VNRC has been very effective in creating change in this area.

Fighting PFAS and Toxic Contamination

Protecting the Land and Views at Exit 4

Guiding Municipalities to Implement Act 171

Forming and Supporting Energy Committees

Protecting the LaPlatte River Marsh Wetlands

Ensuring Clean Streams at Jay Peak

Promoting Statewide Dam Safety

Preserving Downtown Bennington

Convening the Forest Roundtable

Creating Statewide Precedent on Biomass Electricity

Protecting Black Bear Habitat at Parker’s Gore

Securing Clean Water Funding

Maintaining Current Use

Declaring Groundwater as a Public Trust