Iowa Road Signs

SIGN Programs


The following sign programs are offered by the Iowa Department of Transportation. Please select a program below for more information and applications.

Right of Way signs

Right of Way

Private property signs

Private Property

If you require assistance determining the right of way, contact your local district traffic technician.

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Which sign program is best for me?

Download and print our Guide to Outdoor Advertising Sign Regulations, and decide which program will work best.

Have questions? Contact us and get help regarding a specific sign program.

Advertising Signs in Iowa


Logo sign

Logo signs
Logo signs are specific service signs located along interstates and freeway-primary highways that identify qualifying gas, food, lodging, camping or attraction services available at the next interchange. Learn more.

TODS sign

Tourist oriented directional signs (TODS)
TODS signs are located along primary routes in rural areas that identify qualifying activities or sites of significant interest to the traveling public. Learn more.

Destination sign

Destination signs
Destination signs (also referred to as guide signs) provide essential information to drivers to help them navigate in the most simple and direct manner possible. Learn more.

Distance sign

Distance signs
Distance signs are intended to list cities located on or adjacent to the highway. The signs provide destination information by listing the next major city along the route as well as the distance to the next community along the route. Learn more.

Private Property SIGNAGE

On-premise sign example

On-premise signs
A device advertising activities being conducted upon premise, real estate, personal opinion, political or crop variety signs. Learn more.

Billboard example

Outdoor advertising devices that display products or services available at locations other than at the sign site are commonly referred to as "billboards." They are also called "off-premise signs". Learn more.

Private directional sign example

Private directional signs
Signs are intended to inform motorists of public and privately owned natural phenomena, historic, cultural, scientific, educational and religious sites, and areas of natural scenic beauty or areas that are naturally suited for outdoor recreation. Learn more.

Official city sign example

Official city, county, and public agency signs
Official signs authorized by local jurisdictions that display general, non-commercial destination information. Learn more.

Church sign example

Church, service club, cemetery, and religious school signs
Church, service club, cemetery, and religious school signs display a message relating to the facilities' locations, services or meetings. Learn more.