For the purposes of Minnesota Statutes, section 173.16, subdivision 5, bona fide zoning authorities may request the commissioner of transportation to accept the legitimate local zoning applicable to control of advertising devices within legally zoned commercial or industrial areas. All requests for certification shall include information regarding regulation of size, lighting, spacing, and annual permit requirements as well as all pertinent information required to properly evaluate the application.
All certification shall apply to the then existing boundaries of the zoning authority and any further addition or elimination of land will be treated on an individual basis under the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, section 173.16, subdivision 2. All requests for certification shall include a copy of the minutes or procedure authorizing the zoning authority to request such certification from the commissioner of transportation.
All certification shall be on an annual basis and shall be based upon local enforcement. Failure to enforce may result in revocation of certification.
August 6, 2012