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Report 2019 Annual Report - Office of Outdoor Advertising

The Office of Outdoor Advertising is charged with regulating and controlling the erection, maintenance, and administration of off-premises billboards, signs, and other advertising devices in the Commonwealth in accordance with state and federal law. Licenses and permits are issued to firms and individuals wishing to engage in the business of outdoor advertising and are renewable on an annual basis.

Organization: Highway Division Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Date published: September 9, 2020


This report summarizes the OOA activities for the 2019 calendar year. As of December 31, 2019, there were a total of 3,892 active permits; during 2019 permits were issued for 11 static billboards; 14 electronic billboards and 112 street furniture structures. There were also 18 permit transfers that were approved, 4 permit applications that were denied, and 7 permit applications that were withdrawn from consideration by the applicant. 114 permits were surrendered. In 2019 the OOA received $ 1,048,200 in permit and license fees.

OOA staff conducted 531 field inspections and performed routine surveillance daily to ensure compliance. The MassDOT Administrative Law Judge conducted one appeal hearing related to OOA matters pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 30A §10 during 2019.



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