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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 24. Transportation And Motor Vehicles
Agency 30. Department of Transportation
Chapter 551. Integrated Directional Signing Program (Idsp) Participation Criteria

24VAC30-551-30. General criteria for the Tourist-Oriented Directional Signs (TODS) Program.

A. TODS assemblies may only be installed within public right- of-way maintained by VDOT and will be excluded from any cities and towns of 5,000 or more population and Arlington County and Henrico County. VDOT will not acquire rights-of-way or easements, or otherwise enter into agreements for the purposes of installing TODS assemblies.

B. A facility will be eligible to participate as a TODS—Category I if it is open to the general public; a substantial portion of its products or services are of significant interest to tourists; it derives its major portion of income or visitors during the normal business season from road users not residing in the area of the facility, defined as within 15 miles; the facility falls within one of the acceptable TODS sites; and it meets the following criteria:

1. Is located within 15 miles of the intersection of a nonlimited access state primary system highway where the initial TODS panel is to be located at the nearest primary intersection along the selected route;

2. Has the name of the facility prominently displayed on the premises in such a manner that it is readily visible to motorists from the public highway on which the business is located;

3. Is open a minimum of six hours per day, five days per week during at least a 12-consecutive-week period each year, except this requirement shall not apply to certain facilities such as arenas, auditoriums, civic centers, farmer's markets, farm markets, wineries and flea markets;

4. Is in continuous operation at least six hours per day, five days per week during its normal season or the normal operating season for the type of business;

5. Is licensed and approved by the appropriate state or local agencies, or both, regulating the particular type of business or activity;

6. For camping businesses, meets Specific Travel Services (Logo) Signing Program criteria to be eligible for participation;

7. Complies with all applicable laws concerning the provision of public accommodations without regard to age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, or accessibility by the physically handicapped;

8. Agrees to abide by all rules, regulations, policies, procedures and criteria associated with the program; and

9. Agrees that in any cases of dispute or other disagreement with the rules, regulations, policies, procedures and criteria or applications of the program, the decision of the State Traffic Engineer shall be final and binding.

C. In addition to the facilities listed as acceptable TODS sites, gas, food and lodging establishments may participate in the TODS Program as a TODS—Category II site provided they meet all of the TODS—Category I criteria with the exception that the following criteria apply:

1. Is located within three miles of the intersection of a nonlimited access state primary or secondary system highway where the initial TODS panel is to be located; and

2. Meets the Specific Travel Services (Logo) Signing Program—Category II criteria for its respective type of facility and agrees to be bumped in accordance with the bumping policy for a Category II facility.

D. The following table lists acceptable sites for TODS:

Category I


Art/craft center
Historic building

Historic cemetery
Historic site
Historic district


Amusement park
Boat landing/marina
Botanical garden
Civic center
Concert hall
Equestrian center

Golf course
Natural attraction
Natural resource agency(1)
Race track
Park - national
Park - municipal
Park - privately owned
Park - regional
Park - theme
Ski resort
Water-oriented business

Retail Tourism

Antique business
Auction house
Bed and breakfast
Farm market

Farmer's market
Flea market
Regional retail facility


Colleges & universities (main campus or satellite campus facilities)


DGIF Birding & Wildlife
Civil War
Virginia Wine
Others as approved by VDOT


Conference center
Power plant
Research facility

(1) VDOT shall waive requirements and conditions of participation in the TODS Program as may be necessary to provide adequate signage for facilities maintained by the agencies within Virginia's Natural Resources Secretariat. The requirements and conditions that may be waived include, but are not limited to, (i) the required proximity of a facility to an initial sign structure and (ii) the limitation that signage be provided only at the nearest primary highway.

(2) Shall not be a franchise or part of a national chain. Food Category II can be a franchise or part of a national chain.

E. The following sites are excluded from participation in the TODS Program. The exclusion relates only to qualification under these categories. These facilities may participate if qualifying under another acceptable category.



Adult entertainment facility
Funeral home
Industrial park or plant
Media facility
Movie theater

Office park
Radio station
Television station
Truck terminal


Local jail
Local police/sheriff's office
Post office


Drug rehabilitation facility
Extended care facility
Fraternal home
Humane facility

Mental facility
Nursing home
Retirement home
Treatment center
Veterans facility


Animal shelter
Mobile home park

Veterinary facility



Other religious sites

Statutory Authority

§§ 33.2-210 and 33.2-1220 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 24, eff. September 6, 2006.

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