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City of St.Albert

Sign Regulations

The St. Albert Land Use Bylaw 9/2005, Schedule C, Sign Regulations regulates the placement of signs on private property. The Planning and Development department is responsible for the issuance of development permits for signs and also conducts enforcement of any signage illegally placed on private property.

General sign regulations include (but are not limited to):

  • No sign shall be constructed or located such that it could be confused with or detract from a traffic control device or any other municipal sign or municipal device.
  • No sign shall be constructed or located such that it interferes with the safe movement of pedestrians, motor vehicles or the sight lines required under any bylaws (i.e. Traffic Bylaw 18/2005).
  • The company or person responsible for the placement of a sign must get development permit approval before placing a sign on a site.
  • Signs cannot contain an intermittent or flashing light source.

With the exception of Municipal signs, no signs may be placed on public property except for the following temporary signs:

  • Garage Sale Signs
  • Open House Signs
  • Election Signs

All signs on City property cannot:

  • Interfere with, be confused with, detract from or be placed on a Traffic Control Device
  • Be placed within five 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 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 metres of any intersection

St. Albert's Traffic Bylaw 18/2005 deals with the placement of signs on public and/or City property. If a sign located on public property is found to be in contravention of Traffic Bylaw 18/2005, it may be seized by Municipal Enforcement Services and subject to a penalty of $150 for each offence or sign.

If you have a concern with signs located on public property, please contact Municipal Enforcement Services at 780-458-4300.

 

Sign with a Digital Display - Sign Regulations and Information

The City of St. Albert has regulations regarding signs with a Digital Display. Three sign types may contain a digital display, including Billboards, Freestanding signs, and Fascia signs. For complete regulations, please refer to Land Use Bylaw 9/2005 Schedule C - Sign Regulations.

The Development Permit Application Checklist outlines all the information necessary to formally accept, evaluate, and provide a decision on an application. Applications and materials submitted must be clear, legible, and precise (sketches are not acceptable). Only applications that are deemed complete will be accepted.

A complete application package for a sign with a Digital Display must include the following:

Applications may be made to*:

Planning and Development
Second Floor, St. Albert Place
5 St. Anne Street
St. Albert, AB  T8N 3Z9

Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 780-459-1642

*No email submissions will be accepted at this time.

The Development Officer may require additional plans and information considered necessary to properly evaluate the proposed development, as per Section 3.3(4) of Land Use Bylaw 9/2005.

Only applications that are deemed complete will be accepted.

 

Application Checklist (non-digital display signs)

To receive a timely decision on your application, please ensure that your application is clear, legible and accurate. If any part of your application is missing, unreadable or inaccurate, your application will be deemed incomplete, and a decision will not be rendered.

In your application, you need to include the following:

  1. A letter of consent from the registered owner of the land or their agent
  2. Completed application form (Development Permit - Signs)
  3. Fees (for 2017)
    • $153.00 – Portable (per sign)
    • $223.00– Permanent (per sign)
    • $390.00– Retroactive Signs (Portable or Permanent)
  4. Two (2) copies of a site plan, in metric (minimum scale 1:100) showing:
    • Location of all existing and proposed utilities (either underground or overhead)
    • Streets (labelled)
    • An outline of the sign and where it is in relation to the site
    • Distance from sign to the property lines
    • Distance from sign to any registered easement or utility right-of-way
    • Existing billboards, directional, free-standing, neighbourhood identification and portable signs location
    • Existing and proposed signs, showing distances to:
      • existing buildings on the site
      • all portable signs within 30 metres
      • all freestanding signs within 25 metres
      • all billboard signs within 25 metres
      • all directional signs
      • property lines adjoining public property
      • utility rights-of-way and easements within 10 metres
    • Location of the proposed sign (including dimensions)
    • Distance from the proposed sign to the property lines
  5. Two (2) copies of sign plans, in metric (minimum scale 1:100) showing:
    • Copy to be placed on the sign (for all signs except portable signs)
    • Dimensions of the sign
    • Distance between the bottom of the sign and finished grade (if the sign is elevated above grade)
    • Sign details - means of supporting the sign (pylons, guy wires, brackets, bracing)
    • Physical form of the sign (cabinet, box, individual letters, symbols)
  6. Two (2) copies of elevation plans of the sign or building facade on which the sign is mounted (minimum scale 1:100) showing:
    • a) Mounting frames, doors, windows, eave-line and the roofline of the building
    • For a flat-roof building with a parapet; include level of the roof surface behind the parapet wall

The Development Officer may require additional plans and information considered necessary to properly evaluate the proposed development, as per Section 3.3(4) of Land Use Bylaw 9/2005.

Filing an Appeal

If your sign application is approved as a discretionary use, the city must notify landowners within a 30-metre radius of your property. If any neighbours have a concern regarding the approved development, they have a right to appeal the approval to the City of St. Albert Subdivision and Appeal Board (SDAB). You also have the right to appeal any development condition attached to the approval. If no appeals are received within 14 days from receipt of notification, construction may begin.

If the application is refused, you may appeal the development officer's decision to SDAB by forwarding a submission to:

Legislative Services
Third Floor, St. Albert Place
5 St. Anne Street
St. Albert, AB  T8N 3Z9

Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 780-459-1500

* Please note that there is an additional fee to appeal the Development Officer's decision to SDAB.

Where to Apply for Your Permit

Planning and Development
Second Floor, St. Albert Place
5 St. Anne Street
St. Albert, AB  T8N 3Z9

Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 780-459-1642

Last edited: July 10, 2017

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