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Bylaws related to signage

Updated September 29, 2015

Temporary, free standing sign in park

Signage includes temporary signs, election signs, garage sale signs, signs in parks, and signs that advertise a service. All of these are regulated under our Temporary Signs Bylaw.

Signs on municipal property

 
A temporary sign is not legally placed if it:
  • Is closer than 30 metres to any intersection, City bus shelter, transit bench, bus zone, LRT station, or LRT platform.
  • Is placed within 10 metres on a crosswalk that is not at an intersection.
  • Is closer than 2 metres from the curb or edge of road.
  • Is placed on any traffic island or centre median.
  • Obstructs any traffic control device.
  • Is erected on anyprohibited or restricted roadway.
  • Creates a traffic or pedestrian hazard.

A temporary sign is not legally attached if it is:

  • Is attached to a standard street light pole, traffic signal pole or a City sign pole (except for posters).
  • Is attached on or within a plus 15 bridge, pedestrian walkway, or overpass
  • Is attached to a sound wall.
  • Is permanently affixed.
  • Is supported by string, rope, metal stakes or wire.
  • Damages municipal property.

In addition, a temporary sign is not legal if it:

  • Is placed on any decorative lamp post.
  • Could be a hazard to either the person erecting the sign, or any member of the public.
  • Has a sign face larger than 0.6 square metres (3 square metres for election signage).
  • Is lit, electrified or inflatable.
  • Becomes unsightly.
  • Is placed on a fire hydrant.
  • Is displayed for more than 14 days before or more than 24 hours following the date of the advertised event, whichever is less (see exceptions for election signage above).
 
Fines for violations of these regulations range between $50 and $200.

Election signs

Election signs have certain exemptions from our Temporary Signs Bylaw. For information on these exemptions, please visit our election signs page.

Garage sale signs

  • A maximum of three garage sale signs may be posted for the purpose of advertising the sale. These may be posted on the day prior to and the day of the sale.
  • The name of the owner of the sign, their address, phone number and the date the sign was posted must be included on the front of the sign.

Related bylaws

 
Bylaws related to signs can be found under The City of CalgaryTemporary Signs on Highways Bylaw.
 
This page is a brief overview of the bylaw. Please refer to the actual bylaw for more detailed information. Original copies of the bylaw are available at the City Clerk's office.

Signs on private property

 
You must obtain the home owner's permission before placing a sign on their property and you are encouraged to obtain the home owner's permission before placing a sign adjacent to their property.

Signs and parks

 
According to the Parks and Pathways Bylaw, no person shall place a sign of any kind, commercial or otherwise, in a park unless otherwise authorized.

Filing a complaint

 
 
To report a bylaw violation please choose one of the following options:

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