Sign Placement Regs & Reporting

https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/doing-bus/real-estate/outdoor-adv/improp-placed-signs.aspx

General Guidelines Brochure

CITATIONS AND FINES:

Citations may be issued for violating Wisconsin Statute s. 86.19, which covers improperly placed signs on state highway right-of-way. Fines may also be issued based on the seriousness of the offense. Fines range from $10 to $500 and are usually higher for second or subsequent violations.

SIGN PLACEMENT GUIDANCE

Realty, campaign and other temporary signs must be placed on private property. Since highway right-of-way limits may vary greatly in width, look for fences parallel to the road or for utility pedestals and poles. These items are usually placed near the right-of-way limits.

Utilities are often installed just inside the right-of-way limit. Signs are not allowed in the area between the utility poles and the road surface. Political signs are allowed on private property with the permission of the landowner as long as the sign does not exceed 32 square feet and has no flashing lights or moving parts.

NOTE: Most local authorities (counties and municipalities) also have regulations or ordinances regarding signage in their jurisdiction. It is the sign owner’s responsibility to follow local laws. Approval of a sign application from the state does not exempt the applicant from any local ordinances, or guarantee approval from the local authority having jurisdiction. Likewise, local approval does not guarantee or exempt approval from the state.

REPORT TO JURISDICTION OF ROADWAY

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Wisconsindot.gov

Northeast Region

920-492-4117

Todd.Marohl@dot.wi.gov

Brown County

Department of Public Works

920-492-4925

https://www.co.brown.wi.us/i_brown/d/county_clerk/2014_web/muncipal_ordinances-3-13-14.pdf?t=1394727394

Village/Town/City ordinance chart

https://www.co.brown.wi.us/i_brown/d/county_clerk/municipality_chart.pdf?t=1228855195

Green Bay

Department of Public Works

920-448-3100