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Corridor Signing Policy

5. General Restrictions Regarding Signs

In this chapter:

  1. Signs Subject To Approval Of Minister
  2. Public Sales Barn Signs Are Location Or Billboard
  3. Sign Must Not Be Placed Until Permit Is Obtained
  4. Location Of Signs
  5. Signs Indicating Distance
  6. Location Of Signs Adjacent To At-Grade Intersections In Developed Area
  7. Trees And Shrubs Must Not Be Removed Or Trimmed To Improve View Of Advertising
  8. Basic Setback To Be Restored When Conditions Change
  9. Contravention of this Policy May Result in Prosecution
  10. Lighting Subject To Approval Of The Ministry
  11. Certain Lights And Lighting Prohibited
  12. Lights, Lighting And Advertising Devices Creating Hazard May Result In Prosecution
  13. Signs Resembling Traffic Signs Or Signals Are Prohibited
  14. Use Of Certain Words, Phrases, Symbols, Relating To Directions
  15. Signs That Interfere With View Of Business Establishments Or Of Other Signs Are Prohibited
  16. Sign Must Be Kept In Satisfactory Condition
  17. Compensation For Sign To Be Determined By The Ministry's Property Section
  18. Sign May Be Moved Subject To Approval Of The Ministry
  19. Requirements Regarding Signs On Walls
  20. Requirements Regarding Signs On Chimneys, Smokestacks Or Tanks
  21. Requirements Regarding Signs At Shopping Centres

The following restrictions regarding signs shall apply to the area over which the Ministry has control by authority of the PTHIA (referred to in this policy as the "controlled area").

  1. Signs Subject to Approval of Minister

    Each sign placed, erected, maintained or altered within the controlled area shall be subject to the approval of the Ministry of Transportation. The only exceptions shall be one sign not more than 0.18 m2 (2 ft2) in size displaying the name or the name and occupation of the owner of the premises on which the sign is located or the name of the premises, and certain signs advertising agricultural products, which signs may be placed by the owner under the provisions of the PTHIA without the approval of the Ministry of Transportation.

  2. Public Sales Barn Signs are Location or Billboard

    Signs placed by or on behalf of public sales barns or other auction establishments of a permanent nature shall be classified as location or billboard signs depending upon whether they are located upon the property upon which the sales are held or upon another property.

  3. Sign Must not be Placed until Permit is Obtained

    Installation of a sign within the controlled area must not begin unless a permit or letter of approval is issued by the Delegated Authority.

    Failure to adhere to the conditions of a sign permit may result in prosecution of the owner or in cancellation of the permit.

  4. Location of Signs

    A sign, placed within the controlled area, must not be,

    1. affixed to, or mounted upon a tree, public utility pole, guide rail, or utility standard;
    2. painted or pasted upon rock, surface, or other signboard or structure except if approved by the Ministry;
    3. placed in, or allowed to overhang, a daylighting area;
    4. placed in a position in which the sign, or any part thereof, encroaches upon, or overhangs the right-of-way of a highway, except where this policy specifically permits such signs, and/or,
    5. placed in a position in which the sign, or any part thereof, overhangs the travelled portion of the highway.

    The owner of each sign attached to or forming part of an awning, canopy or marquee or other structure that overhangs the right-of-way of a highway shall be responsible for any damage that may be caused thereby or result thereupon.

  5. Signs Indicating Distance

    A sign, other than an official sign, must not carry a message which indicates the distance to a city, town, village or police village. However, a sign may indicate the distance to a place of business provided the distance shown is reasonably accurate.

  6. Location of Signs Adjacent to At-Grade Intersections in Developed Area

    The following restrictions shall apply to signs adjacent to at-grade intersections in a built-up or urban area:

    1. every billboard sign shall be prohibited within 46 m (150 ft.) of the nearest limit of an at-grade intersection of a highway and a road, street, railway or another highway.
    2. a sign within 15 m (50 ft.) of the nearest limit of an at-grade intersection of a highway and a road, etc., which sign is affixed to the commercial establishment to which it applies, may be approved by the Delegated Authority.
  7. Trees and Shrubs Must not be Removed or Trimmed to Improve View of Advertising

    Trees and shrubs located within the right-of-way of a highway must not be removed, cut or trimmed for the sole purpose of improving the view of a sign or other advertising matter. However, brush may be cleared subject to the approval of the Delegated Authority.

    On highway rights-of-way in excess of 46 m (150 ft) which have been designated as bush country highway by the Ministry of Transportation, bush and brush may be removed, subject to the approval of the Delegated Authority and at no expense to the Ministry, to permit the erection of billboard signs on the right-of-way.

  8. Basic Setback to be Restored when Conditions Change

    In any case where the basic setback distance for a sign may be relaxed in accordance with this policy in order to provide a better view of a sign (location and billboard in bush country) and the reason for relaxing the basic setback distance ceases to exist, the sign shall be relocated in accordance with the basic setback distance or as near thereto as is practical under the changed conditions.

  9. Contravention of this Policy May Result in Prosecution

    The placing of a sign which contravenes this policy or contravenes the conditions of a permit for that sign, may result in the prosecution of the owner, and/or in the cancellation of the permit.

  10. Lighting Subject to Approval of the Ministry

    A sign may be luminous or illuminated provided the lighting:

    1. does not cause direct or indirect glare that may interfere with traffic safety, and
    2. is not to be used to illuminate a building, sign, structure, or premises etc. either directly or indirectly in a manner that cause direct or indirect glare that may interfere with traffic safety.
  11. Certain Lights and Lighting Prohibited

    The following shall be prohibited:

    • Flashing lights or intermittent or activated lighting of any kind, including searchlights which are used solely as a means of attracting attention.
       
  12. Lights, Lighting and Advertising Devices Creating Hazard May Result in Prosecution

    When, in the opinion of Delegated Authority, the use of lights, lighting, advertising devices or the design or location of a sign, may create a traffic hazard or endanger the public, the Delegated Authority shall notify the appropriate police authority.

  13. Signs Resembling Traffic Signs or Signals are Prohibited

    The use of a sign or other device that purports to be, is an imitation of, or resembles an official traffic sign, signal or other traffic regulating device, shall be prohibited.

  14. Use of Certain Words, Phrases, Symbols, Relating to Directions

    A sign may carry directions for reaching an establishment providing such directions, in the opinion of the Delegated Authority, do not interfere with the normal flow of traffic or create a traffic hazard.

  15. Signs that Interfere with View of Business Establishments or of Other Signs are Prohibited

    A permit must not be issued for a sign that would interfere with or block the view of either a commercial establishment or a sign already approved by the Ministry which commercial establishment or sign is owned or operated by a person other than the applicant for the permit. The decision in these cases shall be made by the Delegated Authority.

  16. Sign Must be Kept in Satisfactory Condition

    Each sign placed or retained in the controlled area must be kept in good condition. When the Delegated Authority considers the condition of a sign to be unsatisfactory, the owner must be notified in writing and advised to improve or remove the sign within a specified time period.

  17. Compensation for Sign to be Determined by the Ministry's Property Section

    Compensation may be paid as determined by the Ministry's Property Section when:

    1. a sign is located upon property which is purchased for use as the right-of-way of a highway.
    2. a sign is affected by the purchase of property for a highway.
    3. there is a change in the limits of the right-of-way of a highway.
    4. it is necessary to move or remove the sign for any other reason for which the Ministry is responsible.
  18. Sign May be Moved Subject to Approval of the Ministry

    An application to move a sign from one location to another within the controlled area may be approved by the Ministry. The old permit, if any, shall be cancelled in these cases and a new permit will be issued. Each relocated sign must meet, in its new location, the current requirements of the Ministry.

  19. Requirements Regarding Signs on Walls

    When it is a requirement of this policy that a sign be affixed to a building, that sign shall not be affixed to a wall which does not form a part of the architectural design of a building.

  20. Requirements Regarding Signs on Chimneys, Smokestacks or Tanks

    Any message on a chimney, smokestack or tank, other than the name of a municipality or business identification, shall be prohibited.

    Approved signs painted upon or affixed to a chimney, smokestack or tank must not exceed the height or width of the chimney, smokestack or tank.

  21. Requirements Regarding Signs at Shopping Centres

    Only approved commercial plaza location signs will be permitted (refer to Commercial Plaza or Industrial Complex Signs section of this policy).