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Learn how to place a portable sign on road-right-of-way and where.

Road-right-of-way Signs

These guidelines address placement of signs on Road-right-of-way pursuant to Bylaw 5590, the Traffic Bylaw.

Two types of Road-right-of-way signs:

  • Temporary Portable sign for nonprofits at pre-approved locations
  • A-frame style sign for a business on the right-of-way adjacent to businesses

Business Signs on Private Property

These guidelines do not address portable signs on titled lands. The use of portable signs on titled lands is governed by Bylaw 12800, the Zoning Bylaw.

Business Signs on Private Property

Guidelines and Maps

Temporary Portable Sign for Nonprofits
Process
  1. Contact sign company with an active agreement with the City to take out the permit and place the sign
  2. Permit may be issued to approved organizations for a total of eight locations per calendar year and for durations not to exceed 14 days at each location, consecutive terms are not permitted
  3. A nonprofit may also take out an agreement and purchase a sign to place
  4. Permit may be issued to approved organizations for a total of eight locations per calendar year and for durations not to exceed 14 days at each location; consecutive terms are not permitted
Definitions

Community Association - a non-governmental association of participating members of a community, such as a neighbourhood, condominium, cooperative or group of homeowners or property owners in a delineated geographic area.

School - a structured learning environment through which an education program is offered to a student by way of the Alberta School Act.

Society - a society incorporated or continued under the Alberta Societies Act and not discontinued. This includes benevolent, philanthropic, charitable, provident, scientific, artistic, literary, social, educational, agricultural, sporting or other useful purpose, but not for the purpose of carrying on a trade or business.

Alberta Approved Farmers’ Markets - one that has been approved by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and as such meets the requirements of the program guidelines that have been approved by the Minister.

Criteria For Sign Use
  • Community Associations, Schools, Societies and Alberta Approved Farmers’ Markets as defined above
  • All organizations must have active registration with the Government of Alberta, Corporation Registration System (CORES) or the organization must be listed with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) as an active charity
  • Please note that the name of the applicant must match the name registered with CORES or CRA
Business Signs A-frame
Advertising a Business or Service

All persons placing or erecting a free-standing sign on a highway (road-right-of-way) to advertise a business or service shall comply with the following conditions:

  1. The sign shall be portable
  2. The sign shall have a maximum sign face of 0.6 metres wide by 1.0 metre high and constructed of a material that is a minimum of 6 millimetres thick
  3. Each sign shall be mounted on an A-frame
  4. There shall be a limit of one sign per business frontage
  5. The sign shall be placed in line with street light poles and parking metres so as not to obstruct pedestrian traffic
  6. The sign shall be constructed of a painted wooden or metal material such that a rigid frame is provided and debris such as torn paper and cardboard is not present
  7. The sign shall be allowed directly in front of a business property only during the hours that the premises are open for business
  8. The sign shall not be located within 2 metres of an intersection
  9. The sign shall not be located on roadways (including paved shoulders), centre medians, medians between main roads and service roads, “pork chop” islands, traffic circles, or any islands/medians separating traffic

Note: These provisions do not apply to signs on private property, which are controlled under the Land Use Bylaw administered by the Planning and Development Department.

Open House Signs

All persons placing or erecting a free-standing sign on a highway (road-right-of-way) to guide pedestrian and vehicular traffic to an open house location shall comply with the following conditions:

  1. The sign shall be placed only on the date of the open house
  2. Each sign shall have a maximum sign face of 0.6 metres wide by 1.0 metre high and be constructed of a material that is a minimum of 6 millimetres thick, Bylaw No. 5590 – Schedule XII Page 112
  3. Each sign shall be mounted on an A-frame or a stake firmly secured in a grassed boulevard area
  4. The maximum number of messages allowable on each sign is four
    The messages shall consist of the following with 1 and 2 being prominent:
    1. Open house
    2. Directional arrow
    3. Company identification
    4. Salesperson
  5. The sign shall be allowed during the following time periods:
    1. from 1500 hours Friday to 2200 hours Sunday or Statutory Holiday Mondays
    2. from 1500 hours to 2200 hours daily, Monday to Thursday
  6. No more than two signs will be allowed at any particular intersection
  7. The sign shall not be located within 15 metres of an intersection on a local roadway or within 30 metres from an intersection on an arterial roadway
  8. The sign shall not be located on roadways (including paved shoulders), centre medians, medians between main roads and service roads, “pork chop” islands, traffic circles, or any islands/medians separating traffic
Other Purposes

All other persons placing or erecting a free-standing sign on a highway for any other purpose must obtain prior written permission from the City Manager. Such permission may be withheld by the City Manager for operational or safety reasons.

Locations can also be viewed at maps.edmonton.ca by choosing the Right of Way (ROW) Temporary Signs layer in the legend.

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For More Information

Parks and Roads Services

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10111 - 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB
T5J 0J4

Telephone 311
Fax 780-495-0330
Email 311@edmonton.ca

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