Private Signs Next to a Provincial Highway
Businesses and communities want to place signs along provincial highways advertising their goods and services, and tourists should be made aware of the many facilities and tourist attractions in our province.
Safety considerations along roadways are of prime importance. Signage must not a distract drivers.
The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure administers all signs next to provincial highways outside the incorporated limits of hamlets, villages, towns and cities as outlined in The Highways and Transportation Act and associated regulations.
An identification sign may be installed only by:
- a non-profit, religious or community organization whose premises are outside a city, town, village or organized hamlet for the purpose of identifying the location of the premises; or
- The rural enterprise or organization that is either adjacent to or accessible by an all weather road from the highway being served by the sign. The applicant will arrange with the owner of the property for permission to install the sign.
On Premise Signs
On-premise signs are located on the same piece of land as the business or activity. An enterprise or organization located outside the incorporated limits of any organized hamlet, village, town or city adjacent to a provincial highway may be eligible for an on-premise sign.
The sign may identify the business or promote the goods/services that are offered for sale/trade on the premises where the sign is located
Rural private signs are subject to provincial legislation and all bylaws established by the municipality, in which the sign is located
Off Premise Signs
Off-premise identification signs are directional signs that are separate and apart from the location of the enterprise or organization. These enterprises or organizations must be located outside a city, town, village or organized hamlet and the signs are intended for the purpose of identifying the location of the facility.
An identification sign may be installed by:
One Time Event Signs
- A non-profit, religious or community organization who have facilities outside a city, town, village or organized hamlet for the purpose of identifying the location of the facilities.
- A rural enterprise or organization that is either adjacent to, or accessible by, an all-weather road from the highway being served by the sign.
To assist travellers in locating events, a One Time Event Signing (OTES) can be installed by a non-profit organization or an agency hosting a major event of provincial, national or international importance.
These temporary signs will not be installed more than 21 calendar days prior to the event, and must be removed no later than three days after the event is completed.
How to Apply
Anyone who wants to install an on-premise sign which is larger than three square metres in area has to apply to the ministry.
To apply for an off-premise Identification sign permit, contact the nearest district office of the ministry.
Certification of permission to erect the sign from the landowner or renter may be required.
Complete the appropriate Application From:
The durability of the sign is very important to ensure long life and a minimum of maintenance.
A variety of materials may be used to obtain a satisfactory sign that could last from between 5 to 10 years.
The ministry uses high quality plastic sheeting on aluminum backing. While initial costs are fairly high, spread over the life of a sign it does become more economical to use the best materials possible.
The following will assist in the proper installation:
- 4" x 4" posts are most commonly used
- length should be long enough to ensure a proper mounting
- bottom of the sign should be at least 3 feet (1 metre) from the ground
- posts should be placed firmly in the ground to a depth of at least
- 3 feet (1 metre) for a 4' x 8' sign
- treating with a preservative increases post life
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