Town of Canmore

Signage Standards and Regulations

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.

Enforcement

Many complaints are received about temporary signs, such as A-frame or sidewalk signs. Throughout the month of April 2018, non-compliant signs will be identified and businesses will receive a warning about the type of signs and locations that aren't allowed.

Starting May 1, 2018, the Town of Canmore will actively begin enforcing 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. 

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Note that 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  pdf Section 10 of the Land Use Bylaw (458 KB) .

 

 

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 pdf Section 10 of the Land Use Bylaw (458 KB) . 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  pdf Land Use Bylaw (458 KB)  or not. There is a single fee for each application, no matter the number of signs. The signage fees can be found on the Building & Development Fees.

Contact

If you need additional information, you can contact us at:

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403.678.1543
902 7th Avenue, Canmore, AB