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Signs play a role in supporting businesses and community organizations, and impact the look and feel of our city. The City is reviewing sign regulations to ensure these rules are clear and meet the needs of Edmontonians.

Sign rules in the Zoning Bylaw manage the type, size, location, and other features of signs for specific land use zones. Rules in the Zoning Bylaw apply to signs on private property, including City-owned property.

Public Engagement

The City of Edmonton is committed to citizen engagement, and will provide opportunities for members of the public and stakeholders from the sign industry to provide input to Edmonton’s sign policy and regulations.

Sign up for our newsletter to learn about how you can be involved, or check this website for information about future engagement events and surveys.

Project Stages

The sign review is being undertaken in three phases and is currently in Phase 2.

Phase 1 - Complete

On September 5, 2018, City Council approved changes (Item 3.10) to sign regulations in Zoning Bylaw 12800.

These changes provided clearer and simpler sign definitions, identified which types of signs can include digital features, and added rules for zones that were missing regulations for certain types of signs.

Phase 2

Signage Policy

In Phase 2, the City is working on developing signage policy. The purpose of signage policy is to:

  • Set a new direction for how signs in Edmonton contribute to the City’s strategic goals
  • Ensure signs support businesses, add to urban design in the city, and do not negatively impact pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, and wildlife
  • Provide guidance to more comprehensively rewrite sign rules so that they are easy to understand and implement

Edmontonians will have an opportunity to help shape Edmonton’s sign policy. Sign up for our newsletter to learn about how you can be involved, or check this website for information about future engagement events and surveys.

Phase 3

Rewrite Sign Regulations

Following the completion of a comprehensive signage policy, City staff will craft
regulations for Zoning Bylaw 12800 to achieve the signage policy outcomes. The new
regulations will be:

  • Intentional - aligned with city goals and other guiding policy;
  • Rational - follow established scientific research and accepted criteria, such as transportation safety standards and light impact recommendations;
  • Transparent - use simple, straightforward language that is easily understood by all stakeholders;
  • Balanced - informed by the perspectives of all stakeholders, including industry, businesses, community groups, and residents; and
  • Enforceable - compliance with regulations is easy to confirm in the field.

This work will be aligned and coordinated with the Zoning Bylaw Renewal project and
the update of the Municipal Development Plan, with a projected date of completion in
2020.

For More Information

Michaela Cochran

Title Planner, Zoning Bylaw
Telephone

780-442-2582  

Email michaela.cochran@edmonton.ca

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