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Putting up Road Signs

Whether it's a business, tourist attraction or special event, highway signage is allowed to help direct drivers to where you want them to go.

All signs must adhere to provincial standards, keeping in mind safety and aesthetics. All members of the public are provided equal access under standardized rules and regulations.

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1. On-site, Off-site premise or One-time Event Signs

On Premise Signs

On-premise signs are located on the same piece of land on which the business or activity is located. 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 land on which the enterprise or organization is located. 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:

  • 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
One Time Event Signs

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.

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2. Community Signs

Community Advance Signs
The Government of Saskatchewan may provide Community Advance signs for eligible communities that are located on the route of a provincial highway or connected to a provincial highway by a community access road.

The community may participate in a program for signing motorist services and recreational/cultural facilities that are available within the community or the vicinity of the community. The community may select a maximum of two rows of symbols from an approved list of symbols, which are then installed, on a cost recovery basis, below the Community Advance sign.

Sign Corridor

A community sign corridor is a strip of rural land that is adjacent to a provincial highway, but outside the operating highway right‑of‑way. These private advertising signs may be permitted to advertise goods and services of local area enterprises or organizations. Requests for sign corridors will originate from the Urban Municipality for which the corridors are to be established.

Urban Route Map
The urban route map turnouts is to assist in the promotion of the community, promote local recreational and cultural facilities and to encourage visitors to stop or stay in the community. These signs may also provide educational and other information regarding the community such as the history, local bylaws and provide information so that the visitor can navigate into and/or through the community with a degree of confidence and a sense of orientation.

The turnout should be located in advance of or near the boundary of the incorporated limits of the community, so that the motorist may stop and become familiar with the community before entering.

Community Promotional
Community Promotional signs are intended to be unique signs that reflect the individuality of the community. The sign names the community and may include a slogan or message.

Only one community promotional sign will be allowed adjacent to each highway approaching the community.

Community Promotional signs may be installed up to a distance of ten kilometres in advance of the community on any provincial highway that passes through or adjacent to the community, or is connected to the community by a community access road. The community will not place Community Promotional signs in advance of another community.

Community Attraction/Events
Urban municipalities can apply for official signs promoting up to six tourist attractions and up to six events within their community.

Eligible attractions will be a recreational or cultural site, feature, facility, or attraction located inside the incorporated limits that are open to the general public.
Commercial services such as hotels, restaurants and shopping centres are not eligible as an attraction.

A maximum of two attraction and two event signs will be allowed on each highway approaching the community. Each sign may have a maximum of three attractions/events.
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3. Tourism Signing

Standard Rural Motorist Services
Standard Rural Motorist Service signs are directional signs for rural enterprises or organizations that provide front line motorist services or operate recreational/cultural facilities. The facility must be located outside the incorporated limits of an urban community and beyond the boundaries of a national, provincial or regional park.

The signs are located on the provincial highway that is adjacent to the service or facility.
Advance
Standard Rural Motorist Services - Advance

The Advance signing assembly will consist of:
  • Symbols of the eligible services/facilities that are provided; (the applicant may select a maximum of two symbols)
  • Name tab
  • A next left/right directional tab
  • A distance tab

Access
The Advance signing assembly will consist of:
  • Symbols of the eligible services/facilities that are provided; (the applicant may select a maximum of two symbols)
  • Name tab
  • A next left/right directional tab
  • A distance tab
Tourism Information Radio
Tourism Information Radio is another means by which communities can promote the various attractions available in the community to potential visitors.  Tourism Information Radio is not intended to compete with commercial radio stations, but rather be a public service for motorists.

For the purposes of this signing opportunity the Tourist Information Radio will only transmit information regarding recreational activities, cultural events, special attractions or displays, coming events, local histories or public service announcements.
Point of Interest
The points of interest signs indicate a location that may be historic, scenic or scientific significance to the motoring public.

These classifications are:

  • Scientific - the point of interest is either of geological, geographical, or  paleontological in nature
  • Scenic - the point of interest includes points such as valleys, waterfalls, lakes, or rivers
  • Historic - an old settlement/building or an important historic event which occurred in the location

At the point of interest site, there must be a turn-out available so vehicles are able to pull over and view the site.

Optional Rural Motorist Service

The Optional Signing Program provides an opportunity for the applicant to identify the name of an enterprise or organization and inform the motorist of the services/facilities that are available.

Advance
Optional Rural Motorist Service

Advance signing will consist of the Service/Facility sign, which provides:
  • Name of the enterprise or organization and directional information (next left/right)
  • Signing installed two kilometres in advance of the access when practical
  • An applicant may select from an approved list of symbols (a maximum of two rows of symbols to be attached below the Service/Facility sign
Access
The Access signing assembly will consist of:
  • A repeat of the advance primary service symbol
  • Name tab
  • A directional arrow
  • A distance tab, if the service/facility is not visible from the highway
Rest Area
The Rest Area sign may be utilized for designated off-road locations to allow motorists to rest, change drivers, and/or check vehicle loads. Additional benefits for motorists are relief from extended travel periods, increased comfort and convenience, and locations for public agencies to communicate with travellers.
Tourism Area Gateway

A Tourism Gateway Area is an area of recreational/cultural interest for the motoring public. The Tourism Area Gateway signing provides an opportunity for the Tourism Area to have signs installed to assist visitors in locating the area and may identify some of the motorist services and/or recreational/cultural facilities available.

The motorist services or recreational/cultural facilities will meet the requirements of all applicable agencies as well as meeting all provincial operating requirements, municipal zoning and other regulations.
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4. Federal, Provincial or Regional Park Signs

Advance, Access and Directional Highway Signs
At the request of the applicable park agency, the Government of Saskatchewan may install directional signing in advance and/or at the access of Federal, Provincial, and Regional Parks. The attraction will be a specific site, feature, facility, or traffic generator that is open to the general public for recreation or cultural activities.
Core Signing
  • Operational (staffed) parks may receive signing, which includes an applicable directional advance sign
  • Non-Operational (non staffed) parks may be signed using logos and tabs (trailblazers)
Additional Signing
  • Federal, Provincial, and Regional Parks that provide basic services and meet general requirements, may be eligible for additional directional signing at the nearest junction, and at a principal highway junction where the distance to the park is 50 kilometres or less
  • Federal, Provincial, and Regional Parks that provide basic services and meet additional criteria and provide an increased level of service may be eligible for additional directional signing at the nearest junction, and at a principal highway junction where the distance to the park is greater than 50 kilometres
Businesses Inside Park Boundaries
At the request of a business situated within a park boundary, the business may be eligible to install either Standard or Optional Frontline Motorist Service and Recreational/Cultural Facilities Signing or Off Premise private signs.

The business must meet the requirements of the Standard or Optional Rural Motorist Service signing policies and receive approval from Saskatchewan Environment.
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5. Rural/Municipal Signs

Road Name Signing
The Government of Saskatchewan can install, on a cost recovery basis, Road Name guide signs in order to provide rural residents with an "address" to assist in being located by the public.

A Road Name sign may be installed to identify an all weather municipal road if there are no other existing highway signs identifying the intersection, road or a destination accessible via the road. Requests for road name signing will originate from the Rural Municipality in which the road is located. The road name will not promote a particular business or commercial interest. The option of having the land location instead of the road name is also available.

Supplementary signing required off the highway is the responsibility of the rural municipality in which the road or portions of the road requiring additional signing is located.
Crime Watch
Rural municipalities with a permit will be allowed to install approved rural crime watch signs adjacent to provincial highways within their boundaries. The specific locations to be signed will be at the discretion of the rural municipality.

The fabrication, installation and maintenance of the signs are the responsibility of the permit holder. The signs will be allowed on private property or, up to one metre inside the highway right-of-way.
Subdivision
We recognize that many subdivisions may generate a significant amount of traffic and we will install, on a cost recovery basis, Subdivision guide signs for subdivisions that are immediately adjacent to or whose access is directly to the highway. These signs assist in identifying the location or the access to such locations. Requests for subdivision signing will originate from the Rural or Urban Municipality in which the subdivision is located.

Subdivision guide signs will be installed on the highway that is adjacent to the eligible facility. One sign in each direction of travel at each direct access to the subdivision will be considered.
Fingerboards
A fingerboard sign may be installed to direct motorists to an all-weather road forming a shortcut from a provincial highway to a destination on or adjacent to the next provincial highway.

A finger board sign may be erected in advance of an all-weather road to indicate the first community located on that road. Supplementary signing required off the highway is the responsibility of the rural municipality in which the road or portions of the road requiring additional signing is located and must be in place prior to the installation of the fingerboards.
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6. First Nation Signs

Boundary
To inform motorists that they are entering a First Nation Community, we can install a First Nations Community Boundary sign at the property boundaries.
Community Centre
To direct motorists from the highway to a First Nation Community Centre, the Ministry may install First Nation Community Centre guide signs. The First Nations Community Centre signs will only be installed for centers that are not adjacent to the highway and are accessed via an intersecting road.
Community Access
To direct motorists to a First Nation Community, the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure may install First Nations Community Access guide signs at the access of the highway and the intersecting road. The signs should direct motorists to the community's built up area.

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7. Other

Inland Terminal
Inland Terminal guide signs for inland terminals that are located outside the limits of an urban community. The terminal must have a minimum storage capacity of 8 000 tones and can load a minimum of 50 hopper cars in a 24 hour period. Inland Terminal signs are installed on the provincial highway that is adjacent to the facility.
Resource Based Industry
Larger renewable (e.g. forest) and non-renewable (e.g. potash) resource industries may generate a significant amount of traffic of which the majority is truck traffic from beyond the immediate area. Resource Based Industry signs will be installed on the provincial highway that is adjacent to the facility.
Private Educational Institutions
Private Educational Institutions throughout the province may generate traffic that originates beyond their immediate area, which may require the installation of Private Educational Institution signs in identifying the location or access to them.
Institutional Camp/Centre
Institutional camp/centre signs may be installed to assist motorists in locating institutional camp or centre access roads on a request basis. An institution is a a non-profit organization which offers facilities and/or services to its members or the member of another non-profit organization i.e. church, YMCA.
Shrine
The shrine will be of general interest and open at no charge to the public, be operated by a non-profit charitable organization and have received permission from the rural municipality to direct traffic along the municipal road. Upon request, the department may install at the access of the highway and the intersecting road leading to the shrine.

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