Placement of Campaign Signage
The Traffic Bylaw regulates the placement of signs on roadways, light standards, and other areas that have vehicle or pedestrian traffic. Placing a sign illegally on City of Edmonton property is a bylaw offence that may result in a fine of $250.
For placement of free-standing signs and enforcement, please review the Guidelines for the Placement of Free Standing Election Signs and the information below. Note: Free-standing election signs cannot be placed on City road right-of-ways until the day after Labour Day.
You may place signs on private property only with the consent of the property owner. Any property not owned by the City of Edmonton, including federal and provincial property, is referred to here as private property.
The Catholic and Public School Districts have policies prohibiting signs and the distribution of campaign literature. Certain exceptions may apply:
- at times when part of the building is rented in order to hold a political meeting,
- if materials are deemed appropriate for student educational programs.
Please contact your School District for clarification of these restrictions.
In order to maintain community standards and ensure public safety, the City of Edmonton's Community Standards Branch has been stepping up enforcement of illegally placed signs on City property. With public attention focused on signs, it is more important than ever to follow City bylaws carefully. Failure to meet regulations will result in a $250 fine.
Campaign signs are allowed on some City property; however, under City bylaw, signs are prohibited in the following locations:
- on City-owned buildings,
- on a roadway centre median, traffic circle or traffic island,
- on a traffic control device, ie: stop signs, directional arrows etc., or where they obscure, detract from or could be confused with a traffic control device,
- in a park (Section 10 and 15, Parkland Bylaw 2202),
- on City-owned trees, fences or any other street furniture,
- in any Transit Centre or LRT Station,
- on City space in residential areas,
- within 30 metres of a signalized intersection, 15 metres of all other intersections, and within 3 metres of a curb,
- 0.5 metres back of a sidewalk and/or adjacent to private property with an existing building.
In all cases, signs are not permitted if they interfere with the safe and orderly movement of pedestrians or vehicles, or within sightlines required under any City bylaw.
Sections 10 and 15, Parkland Bylaw (2202)
Sections 64 and 65, Traffic Bylaw (5590)
Confiscated Signs, Fines, and Retrieval
These guidelines ensure that campaign signs are regulated in order to make sure signs do not interfere with public safety. Provisions have also been made for the removal of election signs following the Election to ensure they do not contribute to litter along our roadways. Signs must be removed within 3 days after Election Day.
Any sign violating a bylaw provision may be removed by the City of Edmonton Community Standards Branch. The Community Standards Branch may fine candidates whose campaign signs are removed due to violations of bylaw requirements.Removed signs may be reclaimed from the City's sign impound yard located immediately south of 8725 - 58 Avenue. Please call 311 to book an appointment for sign retrieval. Photo ID will be required. All signs not claimed within 10 days of Election Day will be destroyed. Please note: Signs may be destroyed sooner than 10 days after Election Day at the discretion of the City.
Sections 64 and 65, Traffic Bylaw (5590)
Recycling Election Signs
Candidates and residents with plastic or cardboard campaign signs are encouraged to take them apart and recycle them at any of these locations:
- Edmonton Waste Management Centre (13111 Meridian Street)
- Ambleside Eco Station (14710 Ellerslie Road SW)
- Recycling Depots (signs must be put in the bins with red labels - no metal frames or wooden stakes permitted)
For further information on the placement of free standing election signs, please call 311.
For more information:
Election & Census Services
16304 - 114 Avenue