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Corridor Signing Policy

12. Appendix: Classifications

For the purpose of this policy each type of sign shall be placed in one of the classes under classification of signs. The following types are classified and may be used as a guide to the classification of other signs.

Type: Advertising

Classification: Location
at a place where the goods and services advertised are available on the property
Classification: Billboard
at place where the goods and services advertised are not available on the property
Classification: Temporary
a sign or notice of a temporary nature, under 3.0 m2 (32 ft2) in size

Type: Advertising Devices

see Devices

Type: Agricultural

Classification: Location
to identify members of agricultural groups and clubs
to identify field crops, sale of crops, etc.
Classification: Temporary
to identify the location where crops are for sale

Type: Agricultural Society

Classification: Location
to identify the property of the society
Classification: Temporary
to advertise annual or special event

Type: Association, Miscellaneous

Classification: Location
on member's property and of approved size

Type: Auction Sale

See Sale, Auction

Type: Awning

Classification: Classify according to use
advertising or other message on an awning is classified as a sign

Type: Banner

Classification: Advertising Device
in any location off the right-of-way
Classification: Prohibited
on or over Class 1 and 2 highways
Classification: Temporary
on or over the right-of-way

Type: Breed Association (cattle, horse, sheep, swine etc.)

see Association, Miscellaneous

Type: Bunting

Classification: Advertising Device
in any location off the right-of-way
Classification: Prohibited
on or over the right-of-way
Classification: Billboard
used to advertise at place where item advertised is not available on the property
Classification: Location
used to advertise at place where item advertised is available on the property
used to identify, or name, a business located on the property

Type: Camp or Lodge etc.

Classification: Location
used to identify or name private camp or lodge and located on the property
used to identify or name public camp or lodge and located on the property
Classification: See Policy on Guide Signs
used to advertise, or give directions for reaching any public camp or lodge and not located on the property
used at entrance to trail or road other than a named road to give directions for reaching a private camp or lodge

Type: Canopy or Marquee

see Marquee or Canopy

Type: Car Race Posters

Classification: Temporary
temporary, used to advertise race meet etc.

Type: Charitable or Religious Organization

See Agricultural Society etc.

Type: Chimney or Smokestack

Classification: Location
using a chimney or smokestack as a sign mounting restricted. Only business identification and municipality names allowed. Must not exceed height or width of chimney.

Type: Church

Classification: Location
to name and identify church
to convey message regarding church services

Type: Circus, Posters, Tack Signs

Classification: Prohibited
if event conducted solely for private profit; See Temporary Signs

Type: Construction

Classification: Temporary
placed on site during construction for any purpose other than signs placed, required or approved by the Ministry construction projects or projects on the right-of-way of a highway
Classification: Official
placed, required or approved by the Ministry of highway construction projects or projects on the right-of-way

Type: Contractors

Classification: Location
on construction site naming general and sub-contractor(s) and/or architect for convenience of persons making deliveries etc.

Type: Crop Association

Classification: Location
on member's property

Type: Crop Identification

Classification: Location or Temporary
on farm etc. to identify crop, seed strain etc.

Type: Device

Classification: Location
a permanent device, other than a recognized type of sign, advertising an item available on the property
Classification: Prohibited
a permanent device, other than a recognized type of sign, advertising an item not available on the property
Classification: Location
temporary advertising devices, other than a recognized sign, advertising an item available on the property without a message

Type: Election

Classification: Temporary
used by or on behalf of a candidate or party.

Type: Entrance or Exit

Classification: Location
used to mark the entrance to, or exit from, a property

Type: Fascia

Classification: Classified according to use
a sign placed parallel to and facing a highway according to use

Type: Fare Zone

Classification: Location
used to mark the limits of transportation company fare zones

Type: Fingerboard

Classification: Prohibited
other than official

Type: Fire Route Marker

Classification: Official
refer to King's Highway Guide Signing Policy Manual

Type: First Aid

Classification: Official
placed by the Ministry to identify the location of authorized First Aid Post
placed by the Ministry to direct the public to an authorized First Aid Post

Type: Flags

Classification: Advertising Device
with advertising or message

Type: Forestry

Classification: Official
to identify provincial, county etc. forestry, reforestation or conservation project(s) etc.

Type: Fraternal Organization

Classification: Location
located on property on which the organization has its headquarters
Classification: Prohibited
located on other than the property on which the organization makes its headquarters

Type: Horse Race Posters and Track Signs

Classification: Temporary
temporary, used to advertise racing events

Type: Hotel or Motel

Classification: Location
used solely to name or identify the hotel or motel, bearing only the name of the establishment and located on the property or affixed to the establishment
used to convey a message in addition to the name of the establishment and located on the property or affixed to the establishment

Type: Identification

Classification: Location
used to identify, or name an occupant, owner, property or residence, other than a commercial establishment and located off the right-of-way of a highway
used to identify, or name a commercial establishment and located off the right-of-way
see Policy on Guide Signs erected by the Ministry
used to identify a newspaper

Type: Inflatable Device

Classification: Temporary
Cold or Hot Air Balloon
Balloons inflated with other gases

Type: Marker, Pipe Line, Cable, Bell etc.

Classification: Official
on the right-of-way and approved and required by the Ministry

Type: Marquee or Canopy

Classification: Location
used to identify or name a business
used for advertising product for sale on the property

Type: Midway, Posters, Tack Signs

Classification: Prohibited
temporary, used to advertise Midway rides and shows

Type: Notice, posters and Tack signs (Election Signs are excepted)

Classification: Prohibited
temporary notices on highway right-of-way
Classification: Temporary
military convoys
temporary notices off the highway right-of-way

Type: No Vacancy

see Vacancy

Type: Official

Classification: Official
a sign placed, or required to be placed, by the Ministry
a sign placed by another Ministry of the Ontario Government on a highway right-of-way and approved by the Ministry
required or permitted by the Election Act or other Federal Government Legislation, "other than individual candidate signs which are covered under election signs"

Type: Oil Company Service Station Identification

Classification: Location
approved oil company identification sign used on service station property to identify the oil company whose products are dispensed at the station

Type: Oil Company Miscellaneous

Classification: Location
used at a service station to advertise products, services etc., available at the station

Type: Overhanging

Classification: Location
used for business identification
used for advertising
overhanging signs, canopies, marquees and similar devices

Type: Posted Panel

Classification: Billboard
posted paper used for advertising etc. other than where product or service available on the property

Type: Private

Classification: Location
a sign placed on a private or residential property used solely to identify the property, or name the occupant or owner
an entrance or exit sign
Classification: Official- see policy on guide Signs
to direct persons to private camp etc. in resort area and located off the right-of-way of a highway
Classification: According to use and location
to advertise

Type: Professional (Doctors etc.)

Classification: Location
to identify office or place of business and type of service

Type: Public Assembly

Classification: Location
to name and identify public assembly hall i.e., town hall, community hall and community owned halls of a similar nature
to convey message regarding public or community meetings

Type: Pylon

Classification: Location
Freestanding sign used to identify or name a business, product or service on the property

Type: Real Estate

Classification: No Restrictions
when located on the property and under 3.0 m2 (32 ft2) in area and advertising a property for lease, rent, sale or trade or advertising a real estate development or subdivision
Classification: Billboard
when located on property other than that advertised, regardless of size of sign
Classification: Location
when located on the property and over 3.0 m2 (32 ft2) and under 46 m2 (500 sq. feet) in area and advertising a property for lease, rent, sale or trade or advertising a real estate development
Classification: Prohibited
leased, rented, sold or traded

Type: Reforestation

see Forestry Signs

Type: Restaurant

Classification: Location
used solely to identify or name the business and located on the same property
used to advertise and located on the same property

Type: Roads Identification

Classification: Prohibited
other than official, within 3 m (10 ft.) of highway right of-way
Classification: Location
3 m (10 ft.) or more from highway right-of-way
see King's Highway Guide Signing Policy Manual

Type: Running or String

Classification: Prohibited
a series of two or more signs placed one after the other along a highway with each sign conveying portion of a message

Type: Sale, Auction etc.

Classification: Temporary
to advertise the sale of private goods or property when such sale is not held at a public sale barn etc.
Classification: Billboard or Location
commercial auction

Type: Service Clubs

Classification: Encroachment
used on the right-of-way within the limits of the city, town, village or police village in which the organization makes its headquarters to convey information regarding service clubs and service club meetings etc.
Classification: Billboard
alone or combined with Chamber of Commerce signs located outside the limits of a city, town, village or police village and located off the highway right-of-way
Classification: Temporary
temporary notices used for advertising functions sponsored, or the services provided, by a club.

Type: Shopping Centre

Classification: Location
used to identify the centre or plaza
used to identify a commercial establishment forming part of centre or plaza

Type: Snowmobile

refer to King's Highway Guide Signing Policy Manual

Type: Sold

Classification: Prohibited
indicating real estate etc. has been sold

Type: String or Running

see Running or String Signs

Type: Sub-Contractors

Classification: Temporary
on construction site naming the general and sub-contractor(s) and/or architect for the convenience of persons making deliveries

Type: Subdivision

see Development/Real Estate

Type: Theatre

Classification: Location
canopy, marquee and other theatre signs used solely to identify the theatre by name
to advertise the plays or other business of the theatre

Type: Tourist Information

Classification: Official
when placed by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation
when approved by the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Tourisms placed or authorized by the Ministry
Classification: Billboard
when placed by others than the Ministry for the purpose of advertising accommodations, attractions or service not available on the property on which the sign is located
see Policy on Guide Signs

Type: Tower

Classification: Location
affixed to a tower. Must not exceed height of tower. Location sign or a municipality name/logo only allowed. This does not include a tower (structure) built specifically to carry a sign

Type: Trucks/Trailers

Classification: According to use
advertising a message

Type: Utility

Classification: Location
on right-of-way of highway to indicate location of pipe lines, pipe line valves, hydro and telephone sub-stations etc. off right-of-way

Type: Vacancy and No Vacancy

Classification: Location
used to indicate availability of accommodation at hotel, motel, camp etc.

Type: Water Tower

see Tower Signs