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.