Council passes Election Sign Bylaw

The bylaw comes into effect ahead of 2018 municipal election

Guelph, Ont., April 26, 2018 – Council passed an Election Sign Bylaw that regulates the use of election signs  to minimize  interference along roadways.  The new bylaw will be in effect for the start of municipal election nominations on May 1.

“This new election sign bylaw sets out clear guidelines for placement and size of signs to ensure pedestrian and vehicular sight lines are free of obstruction, ” says David Wiedrick, manager of Bylaw Compliance, Security and Licensing.

The approved bylaw regulates:

  • The size of election signs to a maximum of 0.47 square metres and a maximum display height of 2.13 metres
  • The placement of election signs to the ward in which the candidate is running
  • The number of signs on a single-family residence to one, but does not restrict the number of signs on multi-residential properties
  • The distance between election signs and City street curbs to a minimum of one metre

Council also directed staff to form a citizen committee  to deal with any future  election sign issues.

The Election Sign Bylaw regulates municipal, provincial and federal election signs, however, because of the timing of this bylaw approval,  provincial candidates are exempt from the bylaw this year.

Media Contact

David Wiedrick, Manager of Bylaw Compliance, Security and Licensing
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3475
[email protected]