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OUTDOOR ADVERTISING

Advertising Adjacent to Primary and Interstate Highways

Illinois Department of Transportation - Outdoor Billboards

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WHAT IS OUTDOOR ADVERTISING?
Outdoor advertising is any sign (from billboard to small banner) that is to be controlled (permitted) by the Illinois Department of Transportation due to being adjacent to specified highways, by both federal and state statutes. Signs along any controlled route, that advertise anything that is not on the same property of the sign and any sign that advertises anything that is on the same property and is visible from an interstate, are required to obtain a permit prior to being erected.

The Administrative Rule that applies to outdoor advertising in Illinois is Title 92 Illinois Administrative Code Part 522 - Control of Outdoor Advertising Adjacent to Primary and Interstate Highways.

The Illinois Department of Transportation does not own or lease any advertising structure. The Department only regulates advertising. To lease space for advertising, please contact an industry representative.

Most local authorities (Counties & Municipalities) also have regulations or ordinances regarding signage in their jurisdiction. It is your 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.

HOW TO START
First determine the area that you are interested in advertising, and determine if the sign will be along a controlled route. Please navigate to this link to review the district maps: Maps

If you already know if it’s a controlled route, please navigate to this link for determining the appropriate application: Applications

I HAVE RECEIVED A LETTER INDICATING I MAY HAVE AN UNDOCUMENTED SIGN, WHAT DO I DO?
If you currently have a permit or registration from the Illinois Department of Transportation for the indicated sign please reply by returning the letter to The Department of Transportation Outdoor Advertising with a copy of the permit.

If the indicated sign is advertising a business or activity other than that of the property you may be eligible for a Business Area Interstate permit. Please see application titled Business Area Sign: Interstate Highway (LA 9002) under the applications link.
 

MORE QUESTIONS?
Navigate to the following link to review frequently asked questions: Frequent Questions

WHO TO CONTACT
Please direct any permit applications, inquiries, comments or questions to the Outdoor Advertising Control Section at: DOT.Billboards@Illinois.gov.

USEFUL LINKS
Part 522: Administrative Code - Outdoor Advertising
SOS Corporate/LLC Search / Certificate of Good Standing
Federal Illinois State Agreement
Federal Illinois State Bonus Agreement
Illinois Vehicle Code
23 USC Section 131 Control of Outdoor Advertising
23 CFR Part 750 Highway Beautification
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991
FHWA Real Estate Exchange- Outdoor Advertising
FHWA Outdoor Advertising Links
Highway Beautification Agencies
History & Overview of the Federal Outdoor Advertising Control Program
Online listing of Illinois Billboard Companies
Outdoor Advertising Association of America
Outdoor Advertising Association of Illinois
Township Identifier Website

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