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Mailbox Standards

Rural mailboxes have been and are allowed on the highway right of way as a matter of convenience to the land owners or occupants and not as a matter of right. Encroachments upon the highway right of way are governed by Section 86.04 of the Wisconsin Statutes which states in part as follows:

86.04: …… “If any highway right of way shall be encroached upon, under or over by any fence, stand, building or any other structure or object… the County Highway Committee (in case of a County Trunk Highway)… may order the occupant or owner of the land through or by which such highway runs, and to which the encroachment shall be appurtenant, to remove the same beyond the limits of such highway within 30 days”.

It is the intention of this policy that if a mailbox is accidentally damaged by heavy snow being pushed against the mailbox while in the process of removing snow it is the land owners or occupants obligation to repair. If the mailbox is accidentally damaged in the process of plowing snow by the plow directly hitting the mailbox or being hit by the mower during mowing operations then the mailbox may be repaired or replaced by the Highway Department at the Departments expense after review and authorization of the Highway Commissioner.

It is further the intention that the above policy shall also be applicable to tubes or boxes for newspaper delivery and it is also required that such tubes or boxes be located adjacent to the mailbox if any.

Should, for some reason there be no mailbox for a particular residence, then the tube or box shall be locate on the same side of the roadway a are the mailboxes which serve other residences along the route.

MAILBOX STANDARDS POLICY (PDF)