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Signs

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The Town regulates two types of signs: temporary and permanent. This page deal with temporary signs. Learn more about permanent signs

Banner Signs

Construction Signs

Development Signs 

Election Signs

Mobile Signs

Poster Signs

Real Estate Signs

Relocatable Signs

Special Event Signs

Banner Signs*

Banner sign means a sign in the form of a non-rigid material, attached to a building or to a structure, but does not include a flag or an awning sign.

General Provisions

A banner sign may be placed on a lot within a commercial zone, industrial zone, or institutional zone only.

Not more than one banner sign shall be placed on a lot at any one time; and a banner signs shall not be placed on any lot or premises for more than eight (8) weeks in total per calendar year.

A banner sign shall only be placed on the wall of a building deemed as part of the premises to which the sign applies; and shall not overhang a sidewalk or other pedestrian walkway unless a minimum vertical clearance of 2.4m is provided.

A banner sign shall not be located within 600mm of the vehicular travelled portion of a private lane or roadway, or of a motor vehicle parking area, unless a minimum vertical clearance of 4.25m is provided. The sign area shall not exceed 3.4m².

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Construction Signs*

Construction site sign means a sign on a lot or a premises that identifies the contractor, designer, consultant, builder or construction company and/or combination thereof involved in the ongoing construction, demolition or maintenance on that lot or premises, and includes signs.

General Provisions

A construction site sign shall either be affixed to the ground or to construction site fencing only. The sign shall be removed immediately after completion of the construction related to the construction site sign.

The construction site sign shall not be illuminated. The height of the construction sign shall not exceed 2.1m; and the sign area shall not exceed 1m.

Construction site signs may require a permit. Click here for more information.

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Development (residential and non-residential) Signs*

Residential development sign means a sign placed on any lands, buildings or structures which displays a message or information regarding a proposed or in progress residential development.

Non-residential development sign means a sign placed on any lands, buildings or structures within a development area which displays a message or information regarding a development in progress or a proposed development, but does not include a residential development sign.

Both non-residential and residential development signs require a permit. Click here for more information.

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Election Signs*

Key Definitions

“Campaign office sign” means any sign containing sign copy which solely identifies the name of a candidate in a federal, provincial or municipal election, and/or the location of a candidate’s campaign office, and contains no other message.

“Election sign” includes an outsider election sign and means a sign that is entirely intended to advertise and promote a candidate in a municipal, provincial or federal election, or intended to influence persons to vote for or against any candidate or any question or by-law submitted to the electors pursuant to the Municipal Elections Act.

“Outsider election sign” means any sign which has been placed without the authorization, direction or involvement of a candidate and which advertises or promotes a candidate in a municipal election or is intended to influence persons to vote for or against any candidate or any question or by-law submitted to the electors pursuant to the Municipal Elections Act.

“Registered third party” means an individual, corporation or trade union that is registered pursuant to the Municipal Elections Act and shall only be referenced in relation to a municipal election.

“Sign” means any advertising or notification device and any visual medium including its structure and other component parts, which is used or is capable of being used to attract attention to a specific subject matter, other than itself, for identification, information, or advertising purposes, and includes any vehicle or trailer that is placed in a location for the primary purpose of sign display, but does not include image wrapping or film on a licensed motorized vehicle that is not placed in a location nor parked for the primary purpose of sign display.

General Provisions

An election sign and a campaign office sign shall not be placed prior to the issuance of writs for a provincial or federal election or on the thirty-fifth (35th) day before the day of a municipal election.

Candidates and registered third parties must remove all of their election signs and campaign office signs within seventy-two (72) hours following the closing of polls on Election day.

An election sign is not permitted:

  • On public lands with the exception of dedicated advertising space if permitted pursuant to the terms and conditions of any agreement between the owner or operator of the space;
  • On a tree, utility pole or light standard;
  • At a voting location;
  • On a vehicle that is parked at any voting location;
  • On a street in front of any voting location;
  • Within 100m of a voting location;
  • To obstruct the safe operation or visibility of vehicular traffic, cyclists or pedestrians, and must not obstruct sightlines; and
  • Without the consent of the candidate to whom the sign relates or the registered third party advertiser responsible for the outsider election sign.

Not more than one election sign per candidate shall be placed on a lot at any one time, except that for a lot having more than one lot line with frontage. An election sign may only be placed with the consent of the owner of the lot; and the candidate and the registered third party to whom an election sign relates shall be responsible for the placement or display of the election sign and shall ensure that all requirements of the sign by-law have been met.

The height of an election sign shall not exceed 1.0m, except that for any lot having a lot frontage of 50m or greater, the height of an election sign shall not exceed 2.4m.

The election sign area shall not exceed 0.6m², except that for any lot having a lot frontage of 50m or greater, the election sign area shall not exceed 1.5m².

Vehicles containing an election sign are not permitted on any lands where the primary purpose of the vehicle is to display an election sign.

Campaign Office Signs

A campaign office sign may be placed if:

  • The campaign office sign is placed on a campaign office;
  • No more than one campaign office sign is placed at a campaign office;
  • The campaign office sign does not interfere with the safe operation of motor vehicular traffic, cyclists, and with the safety of pedestrians, and must not obstruct visibility or block sightlines; and
  • The campaign office sign is placed in accordance with the requirements of the applicable section pursuant to the sign by-law.

Sign Deposit and Application Information

Each Candidate or Registered Third Party must submit a completed Application Form along with the applicable deposit as noted below prior to the placement or display of any election sign.

  1. Mayor, Candidates in a Federal and Provincial Election - $300.00 
  2. Councillor or Trustee - $150.00
  3. Registered Third Party - $150.00

Application Form and deposit can be submitted in person or mailed to Town Hall, Attn: Regulatory Services, 6311 Old Church Road, Caledon ON L7C 1J6.

Election Sign Application Form (pdf)

Enforcement

Any election sign found to be in violation of the Town’s Sign by-law is subject to seizure by the Town and any such seized signs shall be stored up to ten (10) days after the Election Day. A candidate or any person acting on behalf of a candidate, or a registered third party may retrieve a sign stored by the Town, and the Town may, without notice or compensation to any person, destroy or otherwise dispose of any election sign that has not been retrieved within the aforementioned period. The sign removal fee shall be $20.00 per election sign.

A candidate or registered third party is entitled to have their election sign deposit refunded no later than 90 days after the Election Day. If an election sign is removed, the candidate or registered third party to whom the election sign relates will be charged, and such charges will be deducted from the refundable portion of the candidate or registered third party election sign deposit to compensate for the cost of removal of the election sign.

The sign removal fee will be waived if the candidate or registered third party provides an affidavit indicating that neither the candidate or registered third party nor, to the best of their knowledge, was responsible for the unlawful placement or display of the election sign.

If the costs incurred by the Town in removing a candidate’s or registered third parties’ sign exceed the election sign deposit paid by the candidate or registered third party, the Town shall notify the candidate or registered third party, who shall have five (5) days after the date notice is received to pay the outstanding costs of removal per sign.

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Mobile Signs*

Mobile sign means a sign which is specifically designated or intended to be readily moved from one location to another and which does not rely on a building or fixed foundation for its structural support, but does not include a sign attached to a vehicle where the principle use of the vehicle is the transportation of people, goods and other material, nor a banner sign, a construction site sign, a residential development sign or a relocatable sign.

General Provisions

A mobile sign shall not be located less than 0.5m from a street line or a lot line. The sign area shall not exceed 4.6m² and the height of the sign shall not exceed 3m.

A mobile sign may be placed on a lot within a commercial zone, industrial zone, or institutional zone only.

Not more than one mobile sign shall be placed on a lot at any one time, except on lots, other than corner lots, with a lot frontage greater than 100m; or on corner lots with a lot frontage of more than 20m; for lots where more than one mobile sign is permitted, there shall be a minimum distance of 30m between each mobile sign.

A mobile sign shall not be placed in a flood plain unless written consent has been granted by the public authority having jurisdiction over the flood plain.

A mobile sign shall not be externally illuminated and shall not employ a mechanical or electronic device to provide or simulate motion.

Permit and Renewal Details:

A permit is required for the placement of a mobile sign and shall expire thirty (30) days from the date of its issuance and may be renewed four (4) times in a calendar year.

The issuance of any permit shall not relieve the applicant from compliance with any other applicable law.

Application Process

1.  Complete and submit the Mobile Sign Permit Application Form with the following required documents a minimum of five (5) days prior to the date in which the sign is requested to be placed:

  • One copy of a plan, drawn to scale, showing where the sign is to be placed. 
  • Proof of insurance for the proposed mobile sign.
  • Complete the Property Owner Consent Form if signs are requested to be placed on private property.
  • Provide payment  in full of the application fee ($75.00), as outlined in the Town's Fees By-law.  

2.  Submit the completed Application Form and required documents using one of the following options:

  • deliver to the Regulatory Services Section (1st floor of Town Hall, 6311 Old Church Road),
  • mail to Town Hall, Attn: Regulatory Services, 6311 Old Church Road, Caledon ON L7C 1J6, or
  • by email to enforcement@caledon.ca.

Poster Signs*

Poster sign means a printed notice conveying information intended to be displayed for a temporary period of time and includes but is not limited to a bill, handbill, leaflet, notice, and placard.

General Provisions

A poster sign shall not be placed on public lands, except within a Town designated sign sleeve. The locations of the designated sign sleeves shall be identified by the Town, and approved by a Town Designate. Not more than one poster sign shall be placed in a sign sleeve.

A poster sign shall not be displayed for more than thirty (30) days; and shall not advertise unlawful activity by any means.

The requirements of a poster sign are as follows, a poster sign shall:

  • Indicate the name of the person or business responsible for affixing the poster sign;
  • Conform to the shape of the designated sign sleeve;
  • Not extend beyond the physical limits of the sign sleeve;
  • Only be attached to sign sleeve by staples, push pins or tacks;
  • Be made of biodegradable material; and
  • Not exceed 0.22m by 0.28m in sign area dimensions.

The Town may remove and dispose of lawfully and unlawfully placed poster signs without notice, regardless of the length of time the poster signs have been displayed.

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Real Estate Signs (including Open House)*

Real estate sign means a sign advertising the sale, rental or lease of a lot or premises, but shall not include a non-residential development sign, a residential development sign, nor an open house real estate sign.

General Provisions

A real estate sign shall only be placed on a lot to which the real estate sign applies; and shall not exceed more than one sign on a lot at any time, except for a lot having more than one lot line with frontage.

The sign shall not be placed on a lot for more than fourteen (14) days after the premises or lot has been sold, rented or leased.

The sign shall not be placed within 1m of a lot line; and the sign area shall not exceed 3.4m², except for any lot not situated within a defined settlement area, and having a lot frontage of 50m or greater, the real estate sign are shall not exceed 1.5m.

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Open House Signs

Open house real estate sign means a sign intended to direct traffic to a residence for sale or lease but shall not include a non-residential development sign, a residential development sign, nor a real estate sign.

General Provisions

Open house real-estate signs shall not be placed or displayed on the centre median of a road or highway; and shall not be placed or displayed at any time except for the day(s) of the open house event.

The open house real estate sign area shall not exceed 0.5m².

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Relocatable Signs*

Relocatable sign means any sign which is specifically designed or intended to be moved from one location to another, which does not rely on a building or a fixed foundation for its support, and includes signs commonly known as A-frame or sandwich board but does not include a mobile sign.

General Provisions

A relocatable sign may be placed on a lot within a commercial zone, industrial zone, or institutional zone only. The sign shall not be placed in a flood plain unless written consent has been granted by the public authority having jurisdiction over the flood plain.

A relocatable sign shall not be secured to the ground in a manner that prevents the sign from being readily moved. The sign may be placed on the boulevard portion of the street allowance provided the sign does not obstruct or interfere with street maitenence, impede the view or movement of any pedestrian, cyclist or motor vehicle driver, nor impede the use of utilities or bus stops or otherwise create a hazard.

A relocatable sign shall be placed within a 3m radius of the business to which it relates. The sign shall only be placed during the hours of operation of the business to which the relocatable sign relates. Not more than one (1) sign shall be placed on the premises; and the sign area shall not exceed 0.6m².

Special Event Signs*

Special Event Sign means a sign placed on private property or Town owned lands to advertise a non-profit, charitable or fundraising event, and includes community events.

There is no application or permit process for special event signs. Those who wish to place special event signs shall do so in compliance with the provisions for Special Event Signs within the Town's Sign By-law and as outlined below.

General Provisions

The maximum number of special event signs is limited to thirty (30) signs per special event. Signs shall not be placed prior to three (3) weeks before the event and shall be removed four (4) days after the last day of the event unless approved otherwise by the Town.

The sign face area shall not exceed 0.55m² and shall have a maximum of two faces. There are no height restrictions.

The sign shall be kept at least 2m away from the sidewalk or any curb and shall not obstruct vehicle or pedestrian sightlines.

The organizer of a special event that is placing a mobile sign shall ensure that a minimum of $3,000,000.00 of valid comprehensive general insurance is in effect showing the Town has been named as an additional insured if the mobile sign is to be located on Town lands. The Town has the right to request proof of insurance at any time.

All signs shall not include commercial advertising except to identify sponsors of the event.

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*Please refer to the Sign By-law for full details regarding signage provisions in the Town.

Contact

For more information contact us during the following hours:

Monday through Friday (excluding holidays)
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
enforcement@caledon.ca
905.584.2272 x. 3462