Erecting Signs in the City of De Pere

Want to erect a sign in the city but not sure what the process is and what requirements you need to follow? You’ve come to the right place. To erect a sign in the City of De Pere, here’s the key information you need to help make this project a reality. 

Five Sign Type Topics and General Information:

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If you have your application filled out and are ready for a review and permit (or if you still have questions!), give us a call at 920-339-4053.


Yearly Licensing. A license is required for every person/company engaged in the business of installing, maintaining, or removing signs within the city. Annual licenses are issued as of May 1st of each year by the Sign Inspector; the annual license fee is $130.00. 

Sign License Application

Permits Required. Permits are required to erect, construct, enlarge or structurally modify a sign.  Permits shall not be required for a change of copy on any sign, nor for the repainting, cleaning, and other normal maintenance and repair of the sign and sign structure. Permits are valid for a period of six (6) months. 

Sign Permit Application

Application for a Permit. The following information is required:

  • The name, contact information, and signature of the sign owner; the property owner where the sign is or will be located; and the sign contractor of the proposed sign.
  • Clear and legible scale drawings in PDF, Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel format, that include description and nominal dimensions of the proposed sign, the construction size, 
    dimensions, and kind of materials to be used in such structure.
  • A site plan showing the buildings on the premises upon which the structure is to be erected and maintained, together with location, size, and types of existing signs on the 
    premises where the proposed sign is to be located.
  • A color rendering showing the sign at the proposed location.
  • Calculations or evidence showing that the structure, design, and mounts meet the requirements of city ordinance for wind pressure load.
  • Evidence of liability, insurance policy, or bond as required by city ordinance.

Permit Fees. $100.00 per sign face. 

Insurance. Every sign installer shall file with the Sign Inspector a Certificate of Insurance indicating the applicant holds a public liability and property damage specifically to include the hold 
harmless with bodily limits of at least $1,000,000 per occurrence, and $2,000,000 aggregate, and property damage insurance of at least $250,000 per occurrence, and $250,000 aggregate. Such 
insurance shall not be canceled or reduced without the insured first giving thirty (30) days’ notice in writing to the city of such cancellation or reduction.

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