The City of Edmonton regulates signs through the Zoning Bylaw. The type, size, location, and other qualities are managed through the specific zoning for a property, as well as the applicable sign schedule for that zone.
Many of these regulations have not been updated in a long time, and as a result, they do not correspond with many of the new sign types and technologies on the market today.
Signs play a role in supporting businesses and community organizations, and impact the look and feel of our city. The City is reviewing our digital sign regulations to ensure these rules are clear and meet the needs of Edmontonians.
This project is currently at the information gathering stage.
The information gathered will be used to inform draft amendments to the regulations for signs. A target date for the amendments to advance to Urban Planning Committee has not been set, but it is anticipated that the draft will be prepared for Spring 2018.
The sign review will provide clearer regulations for digital signs, and may include changes to sign definitions, allowable sign locations, and how sign regulations are calculated (such as sign area and sign separation distance).
Sign regulations are found in Zoning Bylaw 12800. The types of signs are defined in Section 6.2, and include fascia signs, freestanding signs, and digital signs. Each zone has a list of what kinds of signs are allowed. The regulations for each sign type and zone are found in Section 59.
The City of Edmonton is committed to citizen engagement.
An industry workshop was held on April 6, 2017 to initiate a discussion about digital signs. View the What We Heard report for the Sign Industry engagement session.
A survey was posted online for anyone signed up with the Insight community. View the May 2017 Insight Community survey results. Two public workshops were held on June 1 and June 8, 2017. Citizens had the opportunity to provide feedback on issues regarding digital signs. The feedback from the workshops are summarized in the What We Heard report.
The Zoning Bylaw Team information booth at the Alberta Sign Association Trade Show on June 16 and 17, 2017 provided City staff the opportunity to gain insight about emerging sign technologies and to do outreach with stakeholders.
If you would like to indicate your interest in attending a public engagement opportunity or if you wish to be included in the mailing list for updates, please contact the project Planner, Madeleine Baldwin.