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Use of Signs

The City of Saskatoon regulates the use of all forms of signs in Saskatoon for safety and aesthetic reasons. The goal is to ensure that the use and placement of signs does not create a hazard for pedestrians or motorists, that signs are well maintained and that the number of signs does not affect the attractiveness of the city.
 

Temporary Signs

Temporary signs include all election signs and garage sale signs. For more information on temporary signs in Saskatoon read the Temporary Signs Bylaw 7491.
 

Garage Sale Signs

Please refer to The Temporary Signs Bylaw 7491, and Zoning Bylaw 8770 for a complete listing of all sign regulations and zoning designations.
 

Sign Permits

The City of Saskatoon regulates the use of all forms of signs in Saskatoon for safety and aesthetic reasons. The goal is to ensure that the use and placement of signs does not create a hazard for pedestrians or motorists, that signs are well maintained and that the number of signs does not affect the attractiveness of the city.

What signs require a permit?

The Zoning Bylaw requires that all wall, roof, canopy, banner, billboard, freestanding and portable signage have a permit. This includes electrified, non-electrified, illuminated, laser projected, animated and rotating types of signs. This applies to all commercial signage and advertising, along with public institutions such as schools and churches.

Real estate signs, elections signs and garage sale signs do not require permits. However, there may be restrictions on their placement that are enforced by other agencies.

Applying for a Sign Permit 

In order to file an application for a Sign Permit, an applicant must:

  • Complete the Sign Permit application form.
  • Include a cheque or money order for the application fee payable to the City of Saskatoon. The application fee is:
    • $100 for signs located in Sign Groups 1, 2 and 3
    • $225 for signs located in Sign Groups 4 and 5
    • $750 application fee for Digital Signs
    • For a listing of Zoning Districts contained within each Sign Group, see Zoning Bylaw 8770: Appendix A – Sign Regulations or contact Community Standards.
  • Submit application, fee and any appropriate supporting materials to Community Standards, 222 - 3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J5.

Application Process

Community Standards Division Review

The application will be examined by Community Standards to determine if all relevant documents have been submitted. If complete, the application is reviewed for conformance with the Zoning Bylaw 8770, and any other applicable policies and regulations. Community Standards will refer applications to other civic departments and other government agencies where applicable. Once approval from other civic departments and government agencies have been given, the Sign Permit may be issued.

Sign Permit

Upon issuance of the sign permit, the applicant may proceed with installation of the sign. Community Standards will inspect the sign once the installation is complete to ensure it was installed in accordance with the approved sign application.

Decision Appeals

Subject to Section 219 of the Planning & Development Act, 2007, an applicant may appeal the decision of the approving authority to the Development Appeals Board.

Digital Signs

Digital Sign Regulations Review

As part of the review of the City of Saskatoon Official Community Plan and City of Saskatoon Zoning Bylaw 8770, the Community Services Department is reviewing all current policies contained in the Sign Regulations, including digital signs. The goal of the City of Saskatoon’s Sign Regulations is to allow businesses and other organizations to advertise their offerings, while at the same time maintain reasonable standards of public safety and community aesthetics.
 
Recently, new forms of signs, including digital signs, are challenging this goal.  Digital signs include displays containing messages that can be altered by electric or electronic means and can involve letters, words, graphics, animation, video, dynamic text, or can be static. The popularity of digital signs is likely to increase significantly as this technology becomes more affordable.  As a result, new development standards are required to address traffic safety, aesthetic and sign conflict concerns that sometimes arise with this type of dynamic sign.

Digital Billboard Trial Project 

Pattison Outdoor Advertising, through the City of Saskatoon Community Standards, will be testing digital billboards in Saskatoon at two locations. These locations are 102 Pakwa Place, and 1202 Idylwyld Drive North.

The trial period is expected to last at least until the end of this year, during which time the City will collect comments and assess feedback from the public. Citizen feedback will be used to evaluate current sign policies and help determine whether enhancements are needed. New development standards are required to address traffic safety, aesthetic and sign conflict concerns that sometimes arise with this type of dynamic sign.

The digital billboards include nine static images, displaying in a one minute time loop, where each image will display for approximately six seconds. The time loop, transition between messages, and brightness can be easily adjusted if required. There will be no intermittent lights, flashing lights, video, or animation.

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What has already been done?

  • Consultation with various stakeholders including members of the industry
  • Presentation of preliminary report to Planning and Operations on June 22, 2010
  • Circulate the current report to all stakeholders, requesting feedback;
  • Meet with stakeholders to discuss issues and concerns identified in the comments provided; and
  • Compile researched findings and develop recommendations to present to Committee.

The report was presented to the Municipal Planning Commission on November 23, 2010 and adopted by Council on December 6, 2010.

Bylaw 8922 containing new regulations for digital signs was approved by City Council Monday April 4, 2011.

All interested parties are invited to submit written comments and feedback using one of the following methods: 

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Fax: 306-975-7712 Attention: Digital Sign Review

Mail:

Attention: Digital Sign Review
Community Standards Division
City of Saskatoon
3rd Floor - 222 Third Ave N
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J5

Election Signs

The Community Standards Division is responsible for regulating election signs on private property, as well as on public lands such as streets, parks, boulevards and buffer strips.  

Please refer to The Temporary Signs Bylaw 7491, and Zoning Bylaw 8770 for a complete listing of all sign regulations.

What is an Election Sign?

An Election Sign is a temporary sign designed or intended to be displayed in connection with a: federal election or referendum; provincial election, referendum or plebiscite; or local government election. The purpose of the election sign regulations is to create a reasonable balance between communicating for election purposes, reducing sign clutter, and keeping our streets safe.

Election Signs may be erected:

  • 45 days prior to a local government election.
  • In the case of a federal or provincial election, after the election writ has been issued.
  • In the case of a referendum or plebiscite, after the relevant order, writ or direction has been issued.

Requirements for Election Signs

Election Signs must conform to the following regulations:

  • Must have no more than two sign faces;
  • On permitted city boulevards, the total sign face area must be no larger than 0.6 square metres, and the sign must be self-supporting (must not be attached to any City property such as fences, bus shelters, trees, street light poles or traffic signal poles);
  • On residential properties, the total sign face area must be no larger than 0.84 square metres;
  • Must not be animated, illuminated, rotating, flashing or have moving lights or other electrical features;
  • Must not have attachments such as balloons, kites, an electronic message centre or inflatable devices;
  • Must not resemble traffic control devices;
  • Must not be placed in such a way as to create a potential hazard to vehicular or pedestrian traffic and must not obstruct the view of any portion of a traffic control device or signal;
  • Are not permitted on centre medians and traffic islands;
  • On corner lots, election signs must not be located within 6.0 metres of the corner property lines;
  • Must be removed within 7 days following the date of the election.

Election signs are permitted on certain city boulevards (see list of prohibited roadways in following section) subject to the following restrictions. Signs must be located as follows:

  • At least 2.0 metres from the curb (6.0 metres from nearest driving lane if no curb);
  • At least 30 metres from any intersection;
  • At least 5 metres from any private driveway;
  • At least 2 metres from any fire hydrant;
  • The top of the sign must be no more than 1.0 metre above grade;
  • Signs are prohibited on any centre medians or traffic islands.

Where are Election Signs prohibited?

Election Signs are not permitted anywhere on the following roadways:

  • Circle Drive (except between Warman Road and the CNR spur line west of Avenue C);
  • Idylwyld Drive (except between 20th Street and the CNR overpass north of 39th Street);
  • Airport Drive;
  • Interchange at the south junction of Highways 11 and 16;
  • 11th Street between Chappel Drive and west City limit;
  • College Drive between Cumberland Avenue and east City limit;
  • 22nd Street between Witney Avenue and the west City limit;
  • Betts Avenue between Hart Road and the south City limit;
  • 33rd Street between Steeves Avenue and the west City limit;
  • Range Road, 3063 and 3064, between the north City limit and the south City limit;
  • 71st Street between Idylwyld Drive and Wanuskewin Road;
  • Millar Avenue between 60th Street and the north City limit;
  • Attridge Drive between Circle Drive and McOrmond Drive;
  • McOrmond Drive between Highway 5 and the north City limit;
  • Agra Road between Central Avenue and the east City limit;
  • Lowe Road between Agra Road and Nelson Road;
  • Betts Avenue between 22nd Street and Hart Road;
  • Battleford Trail between Hughes Drive and the west City limit;
  • Claypool Drive between Airport Drive and the west City limit;
  • Avenue C between 45th Street and Idylwyld Drive;
  • 51st Street between Idylwyld Drive and Warman Road;
  • Lenore Drive between Warman Road and Primrose Drive;
  • Central Avenue between Attridge Drive and the north City limit;
  • 8th Street between Moss Avenue and the east City limit;
  • Boychuk Drive between 8th Street and Highway 16;
  • Preston Avenue between Circle Drive (north) and 14th Street;
  • Preston Avenue between Circle Drive (south) and the south City limit;
  • Clarence Avenue between Circle Drive and the south City limit;
  • Lorne Avenue between Circle Drive and the south City limit;
  • Warman Road between 33rd Street and 51st Street;
  • Wanuskewin Road between 51st Street and the north City limit.

Enforcement of Sign Regulations

The Temporary Sign Bylaw allows the City of Saskatoon to immediately remove signs in violation of the Bylaw. The Temporary Sign Bylaw and the Zoning Bylaw provide for the issuance of fines if requests for the removal of a sign are not met.

How do I report a sign that may be in violation?

For signs on private or public property, please report to Community Standards Division at 306-975-2645.