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    Subdivision 1. Permit required. No advertising device shall be erected or maintained in any
adjacent area without a permit therefor being first obtained from the commissioner, except that
permit systems of legitimate local zoning authorities shall take precedence inside a business area.
    Subd. 2. Rules. The commissioner of transportation may adopt, modify, amend, or repeal
rules governing the issuance of permits or renewals therefor for the erection and maintenance of
advertising devices adjacent to the interstate and primary system of highways, provided that such
rules shall not be more restrictive than the provisions of sections 173.13 to 173.231.
    Subd. 3. Exemption. No size limitation shall apply to any advertising device otherwise
legally in place on June 8, 1971.
    Subd. 4. Fees. The annual fee for each such permit or renewal thereof shall be as follows:
(a) If the advertising area of the advertising device does not exceed 50 square feet, the
fee shall be $30.
(b) If the advertising area exceeds 50 square feet but does not exceed 300 square feet, the
fee shall be $60.
(c) If the advertising area exceeds 300 square feet, the fee shall be $120.
(d) No fee shall be charged for a permit for official signs and notices as they are defined in
section 173.02, except that a fee may be charged for a star city sign erected under section 173.085.
    Subd. 5. Effective date; applicability. The provisions of this section shall be effective on
July 1, 1971, and the provisions relating to permits and fees shall apply to then legally existing
devices as well as devices that may be erected and maintained thereafter.
    Subd. 6. Expiration; renewal; fee. Permits shall expire on the last day of June of each year.
They may be renewed upon payment of the annual fee and filing of a renewal application form to
be provided by the commissioner, but without the filing of a new permit application. There shall
be proration of the fee for the year in which the permit is first obtained, and the portion of any
fees for a permit on any advertising device paid under this chapter, allocable to the period July 1,
1971, through December 31, 1971, shall be deemed to have been paid upon and shall apply to
payment of the fees required by Laws 1971, chapter 883 or refunded. There shall be no additional
fee or permit required for change in advertising copy.
    Subd. 7. Penalty. A penalty equal to one-half the annual fee shall be charged upon failure to
pay the annual permit fee for renewal on or before July 1 of each year.
    Subd. 8. Statement of landowner's consent. There shall be submitted, together with the fee
for the annual renewal, a statement by the applicant that the owner or occupant of the property has
consented to the continued use of the property for such advertising device.
    Subd. 9. Notice of assignment. The commissioner of transportation shall be notified in
writing by the assignor of any such assignment.
    Subd. 10. Revocation. The commissioner may revoke any permit granted herein for cause
upon 30 days' written notice of such hearing to the permittee. Such notice and hearing and all rules
with respect thereto shall be in accordance with chapter 14. The commissioner within ten days
after hearing shall notify the permittee what the permittee must do to retain the permit and the
permittee shall have 30 days therefrom in which to comply with the order of the commissioner.
    Subd. 11. Removal of advertising device for noncompliance. Advertising devices erected
or maintained after June 8, 1971, not complying with Laws 1971, chapter 883, and not otherwise
by Laws 1971, chapter 883, permitted to stand may be removed by the commissioner upon 60 days
prior written notice by certified mail to the owner thereof and to the owner of the real property on
which such advertising device is located, provided that no notice shall be required to be given to
the owner of an advertising device whose name is not stated upon the advertising device or the
structure on which it is displayed, unless the name of such owner is otherwise reasonably known
to the commissioner. The period of such notice shall be computed from the date of mailing.
History: 1965 c 828 s 13; Ex1967 c 9 s 11-14; 1971 c 883 s 8; 1976 c 166 s 7; 1978 c 674
s 60; 1981 c 294 s 2; 1Sp1981 c 4 art 1 s 86; 1982 c 424 s 130; 1983 c 293 s 74; 1984 c 417
s 19,20; 1985 c 25 s 3; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1986 c 444; 1991 c 298 art 5 s 2; 1991 c 339 s 8;
1992 c 572 s 2; 1997 c 159 art 2 s 36

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