Most signs within the city of Airdrie require a sign permit. The Planning department reviews these applications in accordance with the Land Use Bylaw, which defines the type of sign as well as the requirements for it. Please refer to the Land Use Bylaw signs section for the types of signs, and where and under what conditions they are allowed. For more detailed information, please contact Planning.


Portable signs

A portable sign is a sign that is mounted on a trailer or some other structure that allows the sign to be moved from site to site. The sign is used to display the announcement of special events, sales, or circumstances where a sign is needed for short specified time periods.

Do I need a permit?

Yes. Portable signs require a valid sign permit to be approved prior to placing the sign.

How do I apply?

Complete a portable sign application and include with it:

  • Application fee (this fee is waived for not-for-profit organizations, proof of not-for-profit status must be provided) See 2019 Planning Fee Schedule.
  • Authorization from the land owner of the site where the portable sign will be placed
  • Site-plan showing the exact location of the sign


  • Only one portable sign may be placed at a site
  • No more than five portable signs will be allowed in a portable sign corridor
  • Each portable sign permit issued is valid for a maximum of 30 days
  • Once the permit has expired you must wait 30 days from the permit expiration date to re-apply
  • Permits for portable signs are not issued in locations where damage to municipal infrastructure may be caused
  • Portable signs cannot exceed three metres in height and two metres in width inclusive of frame and support apparatus
  • All parts of the sign, including electrical cords are prohibited from being placed on or overhanging on municipal property, unless permission has been granted from the City
  • All signs must be located within the property lines of the location address shown on the sign permit
  • The proposed advertising copy and/or business shall be indicated at time of permit application
  • A portable sign is not allowed to be located or remain on a site without a sign permit, whether the sign displays advertising or not
  • The sign must be placed so it does not obstruct the view of pedestrian or vehicular traffic. If the sign is obstructing view, you will be asked to relocate the sign or remove it completely
  • The words on the sign are not City controlled, only the sign locations

Regulations for not-for-profit groups

  • No more than two portable signs will be allowed in the west not-for-profit portable sign corridor and three portable signs will be allowed in the east not-for-profit portable sign corridor
  • No period of vacancy is required for portable sign permits approved in not-for-profit portable sign corridors
  • Portable signs located in a not-for-profit portable sign corridor must be separated by a minimum distance of 30 metres
  • Sign permits issued for portable signs in the not-for-profit sign corridor are valid for a maximum of 14 days

Election signs

Election signs may be placed for longer than the 14 day regulation, prior to the election date. This exception is for election signs only.

Accommodating temporary election signs supports a democratic election process. Election signs must be removed no later than 36 hours after the polls close.

Signs should be placed in areas in such a way they do not create a traffic hazard.


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