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You do not require a permit to install an election sign along provincial highways, however you must follow the provincial guidelines.
- the maximum sign size permitted in a highway right-of-way (the existing highway limits) is 1.5 m2
- election signs are temporary and are only permitted from the date the election is called until 3 days after the election
- signs must meet eligibility criteria (see ineligible election sign types below)
If a sign does not comply with these guidelines, a peace officer or a person authorized by Alberta Transportation may, without notice or compensation, remove the sign.
Ineligible election sign types
Election signs must not:
- display an intermittent flashing, rotating or moving light
- be floodlit which could distract drivers
- have any moving or rotating parts
- imitate the wording of a standard or commonly used highway traffic sign, such as stop, stop ahead or yield
- imitate or resemble a traffic control device, such as a stop sign
Signs should also not include associated yard lights, area lighting and other lights that, in the opinion of Alberta Transportation, are excessively distracting to the public or create a traffic hazard
Election signs should be placed as far from the shoulder line as practical, always allowing drivers to have an unobstructed view of the road.
When placing election signs, consider:
- signs must be placed no closer than 2 m from the edge of pavement (or, in the case of gravel roads, no closer than 2 m from the shoulder of the road)
- during winter conditions, there is a high probability that signs less than 6 m from the road will be either covered with snow or damaged during snow removal and sanding operations
No election signs:
- are allowed within the median of a divided provincial highway
- can be mounted on highway signs or sign posts (these signs will be removed immediately)
- can be placed in or within 500 m of construction zones
- are allowed to obstruct a driver’s view of an intersection in an urban area or within 250 m of an intersection in a rural area
Read more about installing election signs.
Take precautions when installing election signs to ensure your safety and prevent driver distraction:
- anyone working near the highway must wear reflective vests and bright clothing
- election signs can only be installed during daylight hours
- vehicles used for transporting election signs must:
- be parked to minimize the impact to drivers (preferably on an approach), as far as possible from the travel lanes
- have 4-way hazard warning signals operating at all times
All election signs must be removed within 3 days after the election. The campaign office is responsible for installing and removing election signs.
- the sign panel
- supporting structure
- any tie wiring used to install and support the sign
Signs that pose an immediate hazard to the public will be removed immediately by Alberta Transportation’s highway maintenance contractors without notification.
When the removal of an election sign is necessary due to safety or operational concerns, the appropriate Alberta Transportation district office will notify the responsible campaign office to take the required action:
- failure to respond within the specified time will result in the sign being removed
- signs will be stored at the nearest highway maintenance facility or Alberta Transportation district office
- the campaign office will be notified to arrange to have the signs picked up
Alberta Transportation is not responsible for any signs damaged during the removal process.
For more information about highway development and permits:
- use the Roadside Management Classification Map to explore which type of highway network your proposed development is on or nearby
- find your district by checking the Alberta Transportation Region and District Offices map (PDF, 2.3 MB)
- find an Alberta Transportation District Office (PDF, 227 KB) closest to your community
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