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Permits and Regulations
Transportation and Public Work
Uniforme de Rótulos y Anuncios
and Outdoor Advertising Uniform Act)
( Puerto Rico Laws)
February 22, 2000
Law 355 of December 22, 1999
Act regulates the use of signage and outdoor
advertisements in Puerto Rico. It also establishes a
requisite of permits and registration before the
Administration of Permits and Regulations (ARPE). It
applies to outdoor advertising, signages, displays,
banners, globes, flags, trailers, electronic or digital
displays, etcetera. Articles 8 and 10 of the Law
details various categories of signages and outdoor
advertising exempted from the application of the law or
that do not require permits. On the other hand, article
9 specifies a list of prohibited signages.
signage or outdoor advertising will bear a registration
fee of Ten
dollars ($10.00) and
will be co-related to a registration tag.
A grace period of six months is given to owners of
signages posted before the law, to register.
permit must be obtained from ARPE in order to
install a signage.
signage will bear a registration tag.
the installation of signages in trees,
utility poles and public easements.
signages on vehicles or trailers parked on
the side road.
globes for commercial advertising
supported by a frame will require a
certification from an engineer.
banners will require an additional permit
from DTOP (Department of Transportation and
boards, wall paintings, prints and other
graphic advertisings are to be considered
signage for purposes of this law.
not regulated under the Act:
8 of this Act, list the following signage
not regulated under this Act:
that are representative of a country or
plaques installed by agencies or entities in
and advertisings in billboards of athletic
facilities, if facing the audience in the
of product stands if they identify the
product being sold.
of Sale" signage (POP, POS), such as
promotions, pricing, trademarks, installed on
doors and windows.
notices and political or religious promotions
on lawful locations.
that does not require a permit from ARPE under the Act:
10 of this Act, lists the following signage that
do not require a permit under this Act and may be
installed in any area:
signage for single events, campaign, and
messages of political, religious, artistic,
sports, or similar nature. These must comply
with various conditions such as a maximum
term of 90 days of display, removal within 5
days from the conclusion of the activity,
maximum height of 30 feet, maximum ad area of
200 square feet, and others.
banners when they comply with specified
conditions such as: DTOP permit, notice to
ARPE, maximum term of 30 days of display,
removal within 5 days from the conclusion of
the activity, maximum ad area of 50 square
feet, must be at least 100 feet apart from
signages for development projects during the
initial sale or lease term. Certain
conditions are required under Art. 10.
on commercial establishments' windows not to
exceed 30% of total window area.
flags to identify commercial establishments
or non profit entities if installed within
their lot and not exceeding 100 square feet
and 50 feet height.
in gas stations and drive-in services
required by federal regulation.
or advertisements prohibited under the Act:
9 of this Act, list the following signage
prohibited under this Act:
signages as determined by ARPE.
with movement or gyratory, except those
located in large commercial or recreation
on trees, utility poles and public easements.
posted on vehicles and trailers parked on the
side road. Taxis, buses, and public
transportation are excepted.
signage and advertisement that although
permitted by this act, might cause
distraction to drivers as consequence of its
of this regulation may be fined up to two hundred
per violation. Further penalties may be imposed
under the proposed regulation to administer this
Act should be studied carefully by marketers and
promoters, as it contains significant details related
to the signage activity.
The regulatory agency is in the process of enacting
regulation to administer this law with more detail.
There are also various forms issued by ARPE for the
application of permits and authorizations before the