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District of Columbia Construction Codes Supplement 1999 Building Code
Section 3125.0 REAL ESTATE SIGNS
3125.1 Public Space Restrictions: No sign or advertisement relating to the sale, rent, or lease of land or premises shall be located on the sidewalk or parking of any street, avenue, or road in the District of Columbia.
3125.2 Number, Location and Size of Sign: One (1) painted or printed sign or advertisement for the sale, rent, or lease of land or premises shall be allowed with the written consent of the owner or the owner's agent to be placed, by any one of not more than three (3) real estate agents, on any lot, piece, or parcel of land abutting on a street, avenue, or road in the District of Columbia, or attached to the exterior of any building fronting on them, provided permits are secured for such in accordance with Section 3125.3.
The area of any such sign shall not exceed 40 square feet (3.716 m2) if located within a Residential district, or 60 square feet (5.58 m2) if located within an un-subdivided outlying section of the District of Columbia. This section shall not apply to the temporary placement of directional signs relating to the sale or lease of real estate which indicate the holding of an open house, or a sign attached to the one painted or printed sign allowed by this section which indicates that the premises have been sold, leased, or placed under contract.
3125.3 Permit for Real Estate Signs: Under the provisions of the Act of March 4, 1913, 37 Stat. 974 a permit shall be issued to erect, hang, place, paint, or display any sign advertising the sale, rent or lease of real estate, or which in any manner pertains to land or buildings, unless exempted by Section 3112.2.7. No permit shall be required for the temporary placement of directional signs, which indicate the holding of an open house at a particular property.
3125.4 Penalties: The code official is authorized to require the removal of any sign or advertisement in violation of this provision and to institute proceedings against persons violating this provision, and upon conviction or adjudication, such persons shall be subject to the fines provided for in the Act of March 3, 1931, 46 Stat. 1486, as amended, D.C. Code Section 1-327 (1981 ed.) or to civil fines, penalties, and fees pursuant to titles I-III of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Civil Infractions Act of 1985, D.C. Law 6-42, Section 457.
3125.5 Additional Restrictions: Real estate signs shall be located on the premises advertised. Directional signs shall not be permitted.