Friday, July 26, 2013

Random signage a real problem

It may not seem like a big deal, but illegally placed signs can be a safety risk to citizens interfering with visibility and acting as distraction for both pedestrians and drivers.

“Our lives are busy and often chaotic and definitely full of distractions that’s why Animal & Bylaw Services is participating in a two-week temporary signage blitz. We want to remove distractions from roads and walkways, so that all Calgarians can commute safely - that’s our number one priority,” said Amanda Anthony, Bylaw Enforcement Officer, South Operations.

Illegally placed temporary signs can include signage placed on street light poles, fire hydrants, near curbs, at intersections, crosswalks and traffic islands

In 2012, a total of 6,500 signs were removed, 1,500 during the 2-week signage blitz and 2,000 complaints logged at 3-1-1 about illegally placed signage.

“We realize that people need to advertise their businesses and services and they can. They just need to follow some rules which were created to ensure public safety” Amanda continued.

To legally place signage on public property signage must be:

  • At least 30 metres away from an intersection
  • At least 10 metres away from a crosswalk
  • Two metres from the curb or edge of the road
  • 0.6 square metres or two feet by three feet in size or smaller
  • Your name, address and phone number and date the sign was posted should be placed on the sign
  • Signage should not be posted for longer than 14 consecutive days or for more than 24 hours after the advertised event has ended.      
For more information about posting temporary signage please visit

1 comment:

  1. What about the visual distraction resulting from the City's own (sometimes excessive) signage???