Bylaws related to signage
Signage includes temporary signs, mobile community signs, election signs, 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 15 metres to any intersection.
- Is closer than 30 metres to any City bus shelter, transit bench, bus zone, LRT station, or LRT platform.
- Is placed in a Playground Zone or School Zone.
- Is placed within 20 metres of a sign which is posted by the same owner or depicts, advertises or promotes the same idea.
- Is placed on or within 2 metres of a Fire Hydrant.
- 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 any prohibited or restricted roadway. View map.
- Creates a traffic or pedestrian hazard.
- 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 below).
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 or metal guide-wire.
- Causes or could cause damage to municipal property.
In addition, a temporary sign is not legal if it:
- Has a position, shape, colour, format or illumination which is similar to a Traffic Control Device.
- Is placed on any decorative or painted lamp post. Including posters.
- 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 signs and Mobile Community Signs).
- Is higher than 0.92 metres when measured from grade to the highest part of the sign (2.5 metres for election signs and Mobile Community Signs)
- Is lit, electrified, or inflatable.
- Is unsightly, damaged, or in disrepair.
Fines for violations of these regulations range between $75 and $1000.
Election signs have certain exemptions from our Temporary Signs Bylaw. Election signs can be placed on municipal property for more than 14 consecutive days during an election period. But election signs on municipal property must be removed within 72 hours of the polls closing. For information on these exemptions, please visit our election signs page.
Garage sale signs
Garage sale signs need to follow all rules associated with temporary signs.
Bylaws related to signs can be found under The City of Calgary Temporary 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
If you know of a bylaw infraction and would like to report it, please call 3-1-1. For more information, visit How to file a complaint and what happens to it.