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

Act 250

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


Exit 4

Act 171

VECAN: Energy Committees

LaPlatte River Marsh Wetlands

Clean Streams at Jay Peak

Dam Safety Bill

Protecting Downtown Bennington

Forest Roundtable

Creating Statewide Precedent on Biomass Electricity

Protecting Black Bear Habitat at Parker’s Gore

Clean Water Funding

Current Use

Groundwater as a Public Trust