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A classified landscaped freeway is a section of freeway with ornamental vegetation planting that meets the criteria established by the California Code of Regulations, Outdoor Advertising Regulations, Title 4, Division 6. This designation is used in the control and regulation of outdoor advertising displays.
View a presentation on Landscaped Freeways and Outdoor Advertising Displays.
View a list of Classified "Landscaped Freeways" by district, county, route and post mile.
View a list of Classified "Landscaped Freeways" Declassifications.
View a list of Landscaped Freeways - Questions & Answers.
Before submitting a request to classify a section of freeway as a landscaped freeway, or to declassify a section of freeway classified as a landscaped freeway.
When submitting a request to classify a section of freeway as a landscaped freeway, or to declassify a section of freeway classified as a landscaped freeway.
Requests to classify or declassify a section of freeway should follow the format in this sample request letter, Example Letter to Request Reclassification of a Landscaped Freeway.
This is a link to the Caltrans Office of Outdoor Advertising homepage. It includes links to the Outdoor Advertising Laws, Regulations, and Agreements, Permit Requirements, and the Outdoor Advertising Program Contact Information (Headquarters and District Contacts).
Outdoor advertising displays require a permit from Caltrans if they are within 660 feet from the edge of the right-of-way and viewed primarily by persons traveling on the main-traveled way of the freeway.
Guidelines for Visibility Improvement Requests Memorandum (May 17, 2017)
Pruning to improve or enhance the view of a legal outdoor advertising display is covered in Section 509 Outdoor Advertising Visibility Improvement, of the Encroachment Permits Manual. It includes the VIR process and VIR guidelines. A VIR shall only be considered when the work to be performed is within 500 feet from the display, this limitation does not apply to median plant pruning (Refer to Table 5.21).
Contact the Landscaped Freeway Classifications Coordinator.
Updated March 15, 2018
Department of Transportation
Landscape Architecture Program
1120 N Street, MS 28
Sacramento, CA 95814
Headquarters and District Landscape Architecture contacts