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All signs on private property in Edmonton require sign permits except those listed in Section 12.2(1)(t) of the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw.
For permanent signs, an Sign Combo Permit is required. The application must be approved by both Development and by Building, to receive a Sign Combo Permit.
Signs that encroach from private property into or above City property, easements of interest or right of ways (ROWs) may be subject to an Encroachment Agreement and additional fees.
Two Types of Permanent Signs
On-premises Signs means any sign displaying copy that identifies or advertises a business, activity, product, service or entertainment located on the premises or site where the sign is displayed.
Off-premises Signs means any sign displaying copy that directs attention to a business, activity, product, service or entertainment that cannot be considered as the principal products sold nor a principal business, activity, service or entertainment provided on the premises or site where the sign is displayed.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions regarding permanent signs.
Zones and Regulations
All properties within Edmonton are zoned and that zoning determines which type of signs are allowed. The Zoning Bylaw outlines the uses and regulations of a particular zone.
Determine the Zone
Use maps.edmonton.ca to find the zone your proposed sign is in.
If the property is in a Direct Control zone, please email email@example.com to find out more about those specific regulations. A Direct Control Zone may refer to an archived bylaw that was in effect at the time the Direct Control Zone was approved.
View the historical list of bylaws.
Determine the Sign Schedule
Once you have determined the zone, refer to the specific zone regulations in the Zoning Bylaw to find the sign schedule which contains the sign regulations that are applicable to the proposed sign on the subject property.
Signs in Old Strathcona
If you're planning to install a sign in the Old Strathcona Historical Commercial District, please refer to The Old Strathcona User's Guide to Signage for more information about requirements.
Signs require both a development and building permit, the permits have been combined into one application form Permanent Sign Application Form.
Some signage will require confirmation by a professional engineer for its structural capacity, such as projecting and freestanding signs. Where a professional engineer is required, the drawings must be submitted with the original stamp and signature of the professional engineer.
For a Permanent Sign permit, the easiest way to submit an application is by email. If you require additional assistance in applying, you may visit the Edmonton Service Centre. Submitted documents must be legible when printed on a maximum paper size of 11" x 17".
Ensure your email subject headline reads as follows:
- Project Address [Business Name, # And Type of Sign]
- Example #1: 10250 - 101 Street NW [Joe's Office Supply Store, 3 Fascia Signs]
- Example #2: 554 - 250 Street NW [Joe's Cafe, 1 Freestanding Sign, 2 Fascia Signs]
City of Edmonton
Payment may be cash, personal cheque (payable to the City of Edmonton), Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Interac.
When the application is made, our Intake staff will check the completeness of the application. Fees must be paid, and all the required information must be submitted to accept the application. Once the application is complete, the intake staff will create the job. The job is assigned to a Development Officer to review the application against the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw.
Signs may require circulation to other relevant stakeholders as part of the review process (this may include departments such as Subdivision Planning).
The Development Officer will make a decision on the development. If approved the job will be forwarded to the Building Department for their review. Once Building has reviewed and approved the Building Permit, the Sign Combo Permit is issued. You will receive a copy of your approved permit by email to the email address provided on your application form. Please ensure that you enter the email address correctly.
You must have a permit prior to the installation of signs, or it is an offence which is subject to fines and penalties.
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