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City of St.Albert

Sign Information

The City of St. Albert regulates the use of signs through Traffic Bylaw 18/2005 which empowers Municipal Enforcement Services to respond to calls for the service, investigation and enforcement of sign infractions on City-owned land while the Department of Planning & Development handles those responsibilities on private property.

Signs Which Do Not Require a Permit

Garage Sale Signs

Garage sale signs are permitted to be placed on City property; however, they must follow the following guidelines.

A garage sale sign may be placed on a boulevard in a residential district if the garage sale sign:

  • is self-supported;
  • does not exceed 0.6 metres in width;
  • does not exceed 1.0 m in height; and
  • is posted no more than 24 hours prior to the advertised event and no more than 24 hours following the advertised event.

In addition a garage sale sign cannot:

  • interfere, detract, be confused or be placed on a traffic control device or another municipal device such as a tree, light pole or traffic sign;
  • interfere with the movement of pedestrians and/or vehicles be placed on a road or median;
  • be placed on/within a vehicle/trailer - unless it is classified as a Motor Vehicle Sign;
  • be placed within 30.5 m of any intersection.

Note: A person is permitted to hold a maximum of three garage sales per calendar year. After three garage sales, the person must apply for a Business License and the appropriate Development Permits.

Real Estate Signs

Open House Signs are permitted to be placed on a boulevard; however, they cannot:

  • Be posted more than 24 hours prior to the event and cannot remain in place for more than 24 hours after the event;
  • Interfere with, be confused with, detract from or be placed on a traffic control device, municipal sign, or another municipal device;
  • Be placed on a road or median;
  • Be placed within 5 metres of a fire hydrant or emergency use equipment;
  • Interfere with sight lines near roadways;
  • Interfere with movement of pedestrians and/or vehicles;
  • Be placed within 30.5 m of any intersection.

Signs that CANNOT be placed on public and/or City-owned property are:

  • New Listing
  • House for Sale
  • House for Rent/Lease

Election Signs

  • no size restriction;
  • may be placed on certain roadways only (Schedule 9 of the Traffic Bylaw);
  • must be placed no earlier than noon on a nomination day/election writ day and removed no later than 24 hours following the closing of polling stations;
  • cannot be located on City-owned land that has a City facility on it, such as City Hall or the RCMP station.

Important Information

All Signs on City Property Cannot:

  • interfere with, be confused with, detract from or be placed on a Traffic Control Device, sign, or another municipal device, such as a light pole;
  • be placed within five m of a fire hydrant or emergency use equipment;
  • interfere with sight lines near roadways;
  • interfere with the movement of pedestrians and/or vehicles;
  • be placed on a road or median;
  • be placed on/within a vehicle/trailer (unless it is classified as a Motor Vehicle Sign);
  • be placed within 30.5 m of any intersection.

If any sign is in contravention of the Traffic Bylaw 18/2005, it may be seized and subject to charges under section 51(1) of the Bylaw. ($150 specified penalty for each offence or sign.)

In addition, if a sign is permitted but is in a state of disrepair, interferes with City Maintenance operations, or a safety or emergency situation, the sign may be seized.

Other Signs

If the proposed sign type is not listed above as being a permitted sign (i.e.: new listing, house for rent, garbage to the dump, painters, etc), it is therefore prohibited and may be seized and subject to charges under 51(1) of Traffic Bylaw 18/2005. ($150 specified penalty for each offence or sign.)

For more information:

Municipal Enforcement Service
96 Bellerose Drive
St. Albert, AB  T8N 7A4

Phone: 780-458-4300

Last edited: September 17, 2018

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