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In the City of Madison, you must have a license to install signs. To become licensed:
  1. Schedule a test on the current city sign ordinance (more under Testing, below).
  2. At our office, pay the $15 test fee and take the test.
  3. After passing the test, pay the $125 license fee.
  4. Submit a filled out Certificate of Insurance.
  5. Submit a filled-out bond for $10,000. (Sample)

All licenses expire on June 30th. You must pay the $125 fee yearly to renew your license. You can renew your license by check or by making an appointment with the permit counter.

The test to become a licensed sign contractor is 50 questions long. It is an open-book, in-person test. There is a $15.00 fee to take the test.
To schedule a test, email Chrissy Thiele.
Last Updated: 10/08/2021

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