Florida Senate - 2021 CS for SB 1670 By the Committee on Transportation; and Senator Gainer 596-03594-21 20211670c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to outdoor advertising; amending s. 3 479.07, F.S.; requiring the Department of 4 Transportation to create and implement a publicly 5 accessible electronic database for sign permit 6 information; specifying requirements for the database; 7 prohibiting the department from furnishing permanent 8 metal permit tags or replacement tags and from 9 enforcing specified provisions once the department 10 creates and implements the database; specifying that 11 permittees are not required to return permit tags to 12 the department once the department creates and 13 implements the database; providing an effective date. 14 15 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 16 17 Section 1. Subsection (5) of section 479.07, Florida 18 Statutes, is amended to read: 19 479.07 Sign permits.— 20 (5)(a) For each permit issued, the department shall furnish 21 to the applicant a serially numbered permanent metal permit tag. 22 The permittee is responsible for maintaining a valid permit tag 23 on each permitted sign facing at all times. The tag shall be 24 securely attached to the upper 50 percent of the sign structure, 25 and attached in such a manner as to be plainly visible from the 26 main-traveled way. The permit tag must be properly and 27 permanently displayed at the permitted site within 30 days after 28 the date of permit issuance. If the permittee fails to erect a 29 completed sign on the permitted site within 270 days after the 30 date on which the permit was issued, the permit will be void, 31 and the department may not issue a new permit to that permittee 32 for the same location for 270 days after the date on which the 33 permit becomes void. 34 (b) If a permit tag is lost, stolen, or destroyed, the 35 permittee to whom the tag was issued must apply to the 36 department for a replacement tag. The department shall establish 37 a service fee for replacement tags in an amount that will 38 recover the actual cost of providing the replacement tag. Upon 39 receipt of the application accompanied by the service fee, the 40 department shall issue a replacement permit tag. 41 (c)1. As soon as practicable, the department shall create 42 and implement a publicly accessible electronic database to 43 include all permits issued by the department. At a minimum, the 44 database must include the name and contact information of the 45 permit operator, the structure identification number or numbers, 46 the panel or face identification number or numbers, the latitude 47 and longitude of the permitted sign, the compass bearing, images 48 of the permitted sign once constructed, and the most recent date 49 the department visually inspected the permitted sign. 50 2. Once the department creates and implements the publicly 51 accessible electronic database: 52 a. The department may not furnish permanent metal permit 53 tags or replacement tags to permittees; 54 b. The department may not enforce the provisions relating 55 to permanent metal permit tags or replacement tags specified in 56 paragraphs (a) and (b); and 57 c. Permittees are not required to return permit tags to the 58 department as provided in subsection (8). 59 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.