Illinois Department of Transportation - Outdoor Billboards
Advertising Adjacent to Primary and Interstate Highways
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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
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
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:
If you already know if it’s a controlled route, please navigate to this link for determining the appropriate application:
|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 located on the same
premise as the sign you may be eligible for an On Premise permit. Please see
application titled: On-Premise: Interstate Highway, (LA 9003) under the
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.
If the indicated sign is advertising a property for sale or lease please see
application titled: For Sale or Lease Sign: Interstate Highways (LA 9004) under
the applications link.
Navigate to the following link to review frequently asked questions:
WHO TO CONTACT
Please direct any permit applications, inquiries, comments or questions to the Outdoor Advertising Control Section at: DOT.Billboards@Illinois.gov.
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
Part 750 Highway Beautification
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991
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