Denise who lives on P St NW has been inquiring into the billboards that cause an eyesore on New Jersey Ave/4th St, and P St NW. She’s written the following for community awareness:
We’ve established through the Permit Operations branch of DCRA that there are no permits for billboards in that location. Quoting an email from that department: “regarding illegal billboards located in Square 0521 Lot 0800 our records indicate that there is no legal address or permits for billboards.”
We’ve also established that the billboards are not part of the “Special Sign” provision: Quoting an email from Dorthy Boone, DCRA: “It is not one of the 32 legal Special Signs.” This list is also available online here.
Given that the billboards are not part of the Special Sign provision, and are without permit, according to D.C. Law 322.214.171.124, “Permit Required. No billboards shall be erected, placed, maintained or relocated within the District of Columbia unless an application for permit is approved by the code official,” the billboards are without legal standing.
Working closely with Ward 5 Outreach Coordinator, Alice Thompson, BACA President, Jim Berry, ANC Commissioner 5C01, Anita Bonds, we are pressuring DCRA to enforce city codes and law to issue a notice of removal.