Cities apply to the Scenic City Certification Program for an objective review of existing scenic infrastructure ordinances, evaluated against the Scenic City model. Assessment is point-based, with every applicant receiving a detailed, scored evaluation. Cities earning the highest points  are certified. Certification levels are Recognized, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

A city may apply to earn certification if it already has:

  • A system for issuing permits for on-premise signs;
  • A landscaping or tree planting program; and
  • A prohibition on new billboards.

To learn more about the 2016 application process, click on the Apply tab and download the Scenic City 2016 Info & Standards which includes 2016 model standards.


  • Our Mission

    The mission of the Scenic City Certification Program is to support and recognize Texas municipalities that implement high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces, with the long-term goal of improving the image of all cities.

  • Application Login

    2016 Application Update

    A new step has been added to the Scenic City application process. All new applicant cities and re-certifying Scenic Cities will participate in a short phone orientation with staff prior to beginning the application. Email application@sceniccitycertification.org  to schedule your phone orientation. Please include 2-3 available dates and times.

    2016 Applications accepted
    January 1, 2016
    to March 31, 2016

    Click here to download the

    Scenic City Info Packet

    with updated 2016 model standards.

  • Benefits

    • Provides expert third-party evaluation of existing standards
    • Facilitates internal review and analysis of development plans
    • Serves as a platform to educate citizens on the impact of local regulations
    • Enhances economic development efforts
  • Contact Us

    Anne Culver, Director
    Executive Vice President, Scenic Texas

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