Signs and street graphics are regulated in Madison to
be sure they are safe, attractive and effective [City
Chapters 28, 31, and 33].
Discuss project with City Zoning staff
If you want to erect a sign or banner contact the
Zoning Staff before ordering it. Each zoning district
has its own standards for the number, size, height,
location, type, illumination and other aspects of street
graphics. Zoning staff can help you determine what is
allowed at your site.
Who to contact:
Zoning at Building Permits, (608) 266-4551.
Where to go:
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Madison Municipal Building
215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite LL 100
Madison, WI 53703
Apply for Permit
Street graphics are evaluated on these criteria:
- compatibility with their surroundings
- appropriateness to the type of activity
- expression of the identity of the proprietor
- design and position for traffic safety
- use as an accessory to land and improvements
Zoning staff and, if necessary, Urban Design or Landmarks Commission will review the application.
If the permit is approved, the permit will be issued once the fee is paid.
Related Forms & Handouts
- (608) 266-4551