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.


Why Apply for Scenic City Certification?

The Scenic City Certification Program is not a “beauty contest.” Nowhere in the application is a municipality asked to submit photos because, frankly, any city can hire a good photographer to take a pretty picture of a city’s distinctive features. Instead, earning Scenic City distinction demonstrates local government responsibility. Becoming a Scenic City is the result of your local government's smart decisions regarding the development, re-development and growth of your community. Having in place the network of ordinances, rules, regulations and programs that earn Scenic City certification:

  • improves property values
  • attracts new business
  • enhances economic development efforts
  • educates your citizens about the importance and impact of local decision-making
  • improves quality of life for residents
  • makes your city more appealing to tourists
  • shapes your city as a destination center for travelers and meeting planners
  • positions your city to serve as a model for emerging scenic cities, and
  • creates synergies with other certified Scenic Cities.

Certification itself earns:

  • technical advice and support during the application process
  • exclusive access to Scenic City logos for use on city website, print materials
  • media release re: certification issued to local and regional newspapers, radio, TV
  • Scenic City emblem to post within city limits
  • Recognition at a meeting or special event in your city, and
  • synergies with other certified Scenic Cities.

Developed in partnership with:

Houston Council of Engineers
Houston Council of Engineering Companies
Urban Land Institute
Scenic Houston
Scenic Texas
Scenic America
Texas Historical Commission

Keep Texas Beautiful