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.
Many complaints are received about temporary signs, such as A-frame or sidewalk signs. The Town of Canmore actively enforces the signage bylaw as it relates to temporary signage. If you have an A-frame sign, flags, banners, displays, clothing racks or other mobile sign, please discontinue using it immediately. Businesses will be issued fines, and signs will be impounded.
Chalkboard signs are allowed in commercial districts outside the Gateway district and Town Centre. Temporary event signage is allowed for up to two weeks prior to an event and must be removed within 24 hours following an event. As well, realtors' open house signs are allowed between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to guide traffic to residential homes. They are not allowed for show homes or sales offices.
What's Not Allowed?
Signs that are not permitted in Canmore include:
- 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
For a more complete list of prohibited signs, please see the Land Use Bylaw.
Sign Permit Requirements
- Completed pdf application form (357 KB)
- 2 copies of a coloured rendering of the proposed sign, drawn to scale including dimensions
- Letter heights
- 2 site plans showing sign location
- Elevation for hanging signs
- Pantone colours for the sign, or a colour sample.
All new, replacement and temporary signs require a Development Permit unless explicitly exempt under Land Use Bylaw. New signs include revised signs for existing businesses with different colours, information, or graphics. If replacing an old previously approved sign with the same sign, a pdf Certificate of Signage Conformance (231 KB) is all that is required. All approved signs are issued a Sign Validation sticker.
Signage Permit Fees
Fees are based on whether an application conforms to the Land Use Bylaw or not. 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. The signage fees can be found on the Building & Development Fees.
If you need additional information, you can contact us at:
902 7th Avenue, Canmore, AB