Local sponsors must submit an application to the state for determining if their proposed route is consistent with the goals of the North Dakota Scenic Byways Program. A local sponsor can be any citizen, organization, or business.
Local sponsors must gain support of the jurisdiction(s) responsible for the roadway. Support from the communities along the route is also beneficial.
Local sponsors must submit a corridor management plan (CMP) with a scenic byway/backway application.
Funding for the installation and maintenance of scenic byway/backway route signing will be the responsibility of the local roadway jurisdiction and/or sponsors.
A local contact must be provided to handle requests for local information from tourists. The local sponsor is responsible for coordination of local scenic byway resources and activities.
The local sponsor is responsible for development of a local marketing campaign. The state will provide marketing for the statewide Scenic Byways Program as a whole.
Sponsor responsibilities upon designation
Conduct a byway/backway board meeting at minimum, one time per year. The purpose to confirm board members and stakeholders; set term limits for board members; confirm organization's officers; identify work plan for sustaining and/or enhancing byway/backway.
Properly install and maintain route signing, state designated signs and where appropriate nationally designated signs along your byway/backway. Signs that need to be replaced should be noted and replaced.
Attend state byway leader meeting hosted by the North Dakota state byway coordinator. At minimum, one representative of each byway/backway must attend.
Develop and distribute where appropriate at minimum, one marketing piece (separate from the state byway program's information guide).
Update partner-access website information for byway/backway attractions and events as requested via the North Dakota Tourism Department.
Plan and coordinate with North Dakota state byway coordinator to conduct one byway/backway inspection per year to ensure route is accessible and no major concerns exist.
Submit an annual report, per the request of and to the state byway coordinator, regarding scenic byway/backway economic impacts, enhancements, results of marketing efforts, and corridor management plan implementation.