The design, size and location of signs can create a powerful image of Canmore for both residents and visitors. The intent of the signage standards and regulations is to balance the visibility of signage with an attractive appearance of the community, in keeping with its spectacular mountain setting. The Town regulates signage in order to establish a level playing field for all businesses by being consistent with approvals.
Certain sign types are not permitted in Canmore, including:
- A-frame and other mobile signs
- Permanent signs with a white background
- Banner or corporate flags used as permanent signs
- Electronic signs
- Internally lit signs
A more complete list of prohibited signs can be found in section 9.13 of the Land Use Bylaw.
Click the photo below to download the signage guide.
Sign Permit Requirements
All new, replacement and temporary signs require a Development Permit unless explicitly exempt under the Land Use Bylaw.
New signs include revised signs for existing businesses that change the letter dimensions, sign location, materials, relief design or overall sign issued.
An identical replacement of a previously approved sign can proceed without applying for an additional Development Permit, as the replacement sign is exempted in the Land Use Bylaw.
All approved signs are issued a Sign Validation sticker. This sticker is valid in perpetuity or until a new or replacement sign is installed.
To obtain a Certificate of Signage Conformance, please fill out the pdf Application Form (166 KB) .
Sign Permit Fees
Signage permit fees are listed here.
Multiple signs for the same business or property may be applied for under the same application, although there is an additional fee for every additional sign.
Submit an Application
If you have further questions, please submit them to the Planning & Development Department using the following form.