Virginia TODS Eligibility Criteria


There are specific criteria each type of facility must meet to be eligible for the program. Businesses or activities can participate if a substantial portion of its products or services are of significant interest to tourists, if it derives its major portion of income or visitors during the normal business season from road users not residing in the area of the facility defined as within 15 miles, if the facility falls within one of the acceptable TODS sites and if it meets the other criteria outlined below. Gas, Food and Lodging businesses wishing to participate must also satisfy the specific criteria for its facility category outlined in the table below. The following criteria will help you to determine if your business is eligible:


  • Art/Craft Center
  • Gallery
  • Museum
  • Historic Building
  • Historic Cemetery
  • Historic Site
  • Historic District
  • Power Plant
  • Research Facility


  • Amphitheater
  • Amusement Park
  • Aquarium
  • Arboretum
  • Arena
  • Auditorium
  • Boat Landing/Marina
  • Botanical Garden
  • Campground
  • Camp
  • Civic Center
  • Coliseum
  • Concert Hall
  • Equestrian Center
  • Fairground
  • Golf Course
  • Natural Attraction
  • Natural Resource Agency
  • Pavilion
  • Racetrack
  • Park - National
  • Park - Municipal
  • Park -Regional
  • Park - Theme
  • Ski Resort
  • Stadium
  • Water Oriented Business
  • Zoo

Retail Tourism

  • Agribusiness
  • Antique Business
  • Auction House
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Brewery
  • Distillery
  • Farm Market
  • Farmers Market
  • Flea Markets
  • Nurseries/Greenhouses
  • Regional Retail Facilities
  • Restaurants
  • Winery


  • VDGIF Birding & Wildlife
  • Civil War
  • Virginia Wine
  • Others as approved by VDOT
General Eligibility Requirements - Category I
  • Shall be localed within 15 miles of the intersection of a non-controlled access state primary system highway where the initial TODS panel is to be located.
  • Shall have the name and address of the business prominently displayed on the premises in such a manner that is readily visible to motorists from the public highway on which the business is located.
  • Shall be open the minimum required hours and days during at least a 12 week consecutive period each year.
  • Shall be in continuous operation at least 6 hours a day, 5 days a week during its normal season or normal operating season for the type of business
  • Shall be licensed and approved by the appropriate state and/or local agencies regulating the particular type of business or activity.
  • Should have a sanitary restroom facility available for public use.
  • Camping business must meet additional criteria to be eligible for participation including: Open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week with 10 or more camping units and adequate parking for each unit.
  • Comply with all applicable laws concerning the provisions of public accommodations without regard to age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, or accessibility by the physically handicapped.
  • Agree to abide by all rules, regulations, policies, procedures and criteria associated with the program.
  • Agree that in any cases of dispute or other disagreement with the rules, regulations, policies, procedures and criteria or applications of the program, the decision of the State Traffic Engineer shall be final and binding.

TODS Category II Participation Requirements

In addition to the facilities listed as acceptable TODS sites, Gas, Food and Lodging establishments may participate in the TODS Program as a TODS - Category II site provided they meet all of the TODS - Category I criteria and the additional criteria noted below.

General Eligibility Requirements - Category II
  • Shall be located within 3 miles of the intersection of a non-controlled access state primary or secondary system highway where the initial TODS panel is to be located.
  • Shall meet the remaining Logo Program - Category II criteria for their respective type of facility. (See below)
  • Agree to be bumped in accordance with the Bumping Policy for a Category II facility. (More information is available upon request)


  • Continuous operation 12 hours per day, 7 days per week
  • Provide fuel, oil, tire repair service or information on available tire repair service in area
  • Provide drinking water and cups
  • Provide restroom facilities
  • Maximum distance of service: 3 miles


  • Be in continuous operation, 6 hours per day, 6 days a week
  • Display valid permit from the State Board of Health
  • Shall have and keep in place easily accessible indoor seating at tables or counters to comfortably seat a minimum of 20 adult people
  • Maximum distance of service: 3 miles


  • Continuous 24 hour operation, 7 days per week;
  • Possess valid permit to operate by the State Board of Health in accordance with Section 35.1-18 of the Code of Virginia
  • Provide a minimum of 4 lodging rooms with off-street parking for each room
  • Maximum distance of service: 3 miles