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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

24VAC30-551-40. General criteria for the Supplemental Guide Signs Program.

A. The following requirements shall apply to signs in the Supplemental Guide Signs Program:

1. Supplemental guide signs shall be limited to two structures per interchange or intersection per direction with no more than two destinations per sign structure, except as noted in subdivision 2 of this subsection. When there is excessive demand over available space for new supplemental guide signing, VDOT, in consultation with the affected jurisdiction, shall determine which facilities will be listed on the signs.

2. All supplemental guide signs in place as of September 15, 2004, will be "grandfathered" into the program and may be repaired or replaced as necessary, except if the facility closes, relocates, or fails to comply with the criteria under which it originally qualified, the signs will be removed.

3. Additional structures over the two-structure limit may only be installed when the Commissioner of Highways or his designee determines that such installation is in the public interest.

B. To qualify for supplemental guide signing, a facility shall:

1. Be open to the general public on a continuous basis either year-round or during the normal operating season for the type of facility. Closings for the observance of official state holidays are allowed;

2. Comply 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;

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

4. Agree 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. All facilities shall be located within 15 miles of the initial supplemental guide sign.

D. Additional criteria and considerations apply to wineries participating in the Winery Signage Program (24VAC30-551-80).

E. The following table lists acceptable sites for supplemental guide signs:

Acceptable Sites(3)


Historic building(1), (2)
Historic site(1), (2)
Historic district(1), (2)


Correction facility
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries facility
Department of Motor Vehicles facility
Landfill/transfer station
Government office

Regional jail
Local police/sheriff's office(1)
State Police facility(1)
Recycling facility

Military (1)

Military facility


Boat landing (public)
Natural attraction
Park - national(1)

Park - municipal(1)
Park - regional(1)
Park - state(1)


Colleges and universities(1) (main campus only)
High school
Junior high school

Virginia educational institution(1)
Middle school
Elementary school


Arlington National Cemetery
Virginia Veterans Cemetery
Special events

Tourist information center
Welcome center

(1) Permitted on Interstate and limited access highways.

(2) If supplemental guide signs are installed for a historic district, separate signs for individual historic sites within the historic district shall not be allowed.

(3) VDOT shall waive requirements and conditions of participation in the supplemental signage program as may be necessary to provide adequate signage for facilities maintained by the agencies within Virginia's Natural Resources Secretariat.

F. The following sites are excluded from being displayed on official supplemental guide signs. The exclusion only relates to qualification under these categories. These facilities may participate if qualifying under another acceptable category.

Excluded Sites


Adult entertainment facility
Funeral home
Industrial park or plant
Landfill - private
Media facility
Movie theater
Office park

Radio station
Shopping center
Television station
Transfer station - private
Tree nursery
Truck terminal

Colleges and Universities

Satellite campus and individual on-campus facilities of main campuses on limited access highways


Local jail
Post office


Drug rehabilitation facility
Extended care facility
Fraternal home
Humane facility

Mental healthcare facility
Nursing home
Retirement home
Treatment center
Veterans facility


Boat landing - private
Camp - church, civic, 4-H, Scout, YMCA/YWCA, other



Other religious sites


Animal shelter
Cemetery/columbarium (except those noted as acceptable)
Mobile home park

Veterinary facility

Statutory Authority

§ 33.2-210 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 24, eff. September 6, 2006; amended, Virginia Register Volume 28, Issue 4, eff. November 23, 2011.

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