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2023 Provincial election signage regulations

The City of Airdrie’s Land Use Bylaw No B-01/2016 (the “Bylaw”) governs election signs in order to ensure that public safety is maintained on City roadways (eliminating distractions) and to protect our community’s natural beauty.

Candidates are required to follow the Bylaw and it is in their best interests to do so in order to minimize conflicts with residents and avoid fines.

Allowed duration

For the 2023 Provincial election, signs can be placed on the day the writ of election is issued (May 1, 2023) and must be removed within three days of the May 29 election day (no later than 11:59 p.m. on June 1, 2023). Candidates must ensure they know where they placed all signs so they can be removed by the deadline.

Permitted locations

Signs may be placed on public property subject to the following conditions:

  • Signs cannot be placed between the curb and the sidewalk, or if there is no sidewalk, signs cannot be placed within 1 metre of the curb or edge of the pavement
  • Signs cannot be placed within 30 metres of an intersection or pedestrian crossover or be located on a median or island.
  • Signs cannot interfere with the safe operation of vehicular traffic or with the safety of pedestrians
  • Signs cannot be located adjacent to a voting place or any City-owned or operated property, including but not limited to:
    • City Hall
    • Airdrie Mainstreet Square
    • Plainsmen Arena
    • Genesis Place
    • Ron Ebbesen Arena
    • The Town and Country Centre
    • Any Parks and Public Works building
    • Recycling depot
    • Any Fire Hall locations
    • The Municipal Police Building

But, they may be may be posted on boulevards and road rights-of-way adjoining such facilities such as parks and playing fields.

Signs may be placed on private property subject to the following conditions:

  • Signs must not interfere with the safe operation of vehicular traffic or with the safety of pedestrians
  • Signs are posted with the consent of the owner or occupant of the property
  • Signs must comply with the same height restrictions as those signs placed on public property with the exception of those signs that are displayed indoors which may be higher than two metres above ground level

Size regulation

Signs shall not exceed 1.2 square metres in total sign area and cannot be higher than two metres above ground level.

General conditions

  • Signs cannot emit sound, use video features or be illuminated
  • Signs cannot be attached to any municipal infrastructure including bridges, guardrails, retaining walls, concrete barriers, light standards, and/or City signage
  • Signs cannot be attached to trees
  • Signs must not display the City of Airdrie’s logo, in whole or in part
  • Signs shall be maintained in a condition that is neat and shall not be unsightly or dangerous

In situations of non-compliance

Fines

Each and every sign is subject to a fine of $500 for each and every violation of the Bylaw.

Removal of campaign advertising

Any campaign advertising that does not comply with the Bylaw may be removed by the City. Pursuant to s. 5.9.8(5) of the Bylaw, the City is not required to give notice to a candidate for the removal of an unlawful election sign. However, as a courtesy, the candidate will be notified of the removal and asked to retrieve their property from the City. Any campaign advertising that is not retrieved within 72 hours of being notified will be destroyed. Weekends and holidays are not included in the 72-hour period.