Outdoor Advertising

The attorneys of Price, Meese, Shulman & D’Arminio, P.C. have a long history of counseling the outdoor advertising industry. Since 1982, Louis L. D’Arminio, the head of the outdoor advertising group, has represented several outdoor advertising companies and has provided extensive permitting work for major outdoor advertising companies in New Jersey.

As special counsel to the New Jersey Outdoor Advertising Association, Mr. D’Arminio assisted in the overhaul of the New Jersey Outdoor Advertising Act and related administrative regulations and played a major role in the drafting of those revisions, as well as the drafting and implementation of the recently enacted Vegetation Canopy Management Regulations. His work in outdoor advertising spans the entire scope of industry issues. In addition to obtaining local approvals and pursuing associated litigation and appeals, Mr. D’Arminio and other attorneys in the Firm have defended condemnation claims and negotiated relocations; pursued administrative actions before the Office of Administrative Law against the New Jersey Department of Transportation; and prosecuted appeals seeking non-conforming use protection and tax exemptions for outdoor signs. In addition, the Firm has filed state licensing and permit applications, drafted outdoor advertising lease forms and provisions, resolved company-landlord leasing disputes and participated in the purchase, sale and financing of outdoor advertising companies.

The Firm is also a long-time member of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America. Mr. D’Arminio has regularly lectured to both national and local audiences, as well as testified before regulatory bodies on outdoor advertising matters.

The Office of Outdoor Advertising Services accepts all of the applications and fees associated with outdoor signage in the State of New Jersey. The Outdoor Advertising regulations are published at N.J.A.C. 16:41C, which establish requirements for size, spacing, lighting and zoning. Specific requirements vary depending on the proposed location of a sign. Permits will not be issued for signs at locations not zoned for industrial or commercial use. In order to determine if a location is within such areas, our attorneys will conduct the proper searches to assist in qualifying the proposed use. In addition to state requirements, there may be local laws and zoning regulations with which to contend. Our attorneys are experienced in all facets of the application process. We are also experienced in litigation before the appropriate administrative offices and the Superior Courts regarding the improper denial of permits.

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