Overview

Except for minor 2-lane highways, you must apply for a permit for all proposed signs, including sign information changes, within:

  • 300 m of a provincial right-of-way (existing highway limits)
  • 800 m of the centerline of a highway and public road intersection

Permits are issued by Alberta Transportation and are subject to:

You cannot install or change a sign by a provincial highway before a permit has been issued to you by Alberta Transportation.

Ineligible sign types

 Permits will not be provided for signs that:

  • display an intermittent flashing, rotating or moving light
  • are 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

Permits are also not granted for any 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.

Sign recommendations

Signs should follow these general guidelines to improve their visibility and readability:

  • made of reflective material to help ensure they are visible at night
  • be developed professionally, using conventional exterior sign materials
  • use a minimum letter size of at least 15 cm
  • use of readable letter styles for improved legibility

Election signs

Alberta Transportation provides guidelines for the safe installation of election signs along provincial highways. If a sign does not comply with the guidelines, a peace officer or person authorized by Alberta Transportation may, without notice or compensation, remove the sign.

Read about election sign guidelines.

How to apply

Step 1. Contact the area Transportation District Office

Ask the district office contact if your sign requires a permit.

Step 2. Complete the application form

Ensure you:

  • print your responses
  • describe the proposed sign in detail
  • have your application signed by your organization’s owner or authorized agent (if applicable)
  • attach:
    • site plan (8-1/2 x 11” pages) (PDF, 245 KB) showing proposed sign setback and distance from the highway
    • diagram that includes the sign’s:
      • dimensions
      • layout, including wording and lettering
      • background colour

Step 3. Submit the form to Alberta Transportation

Return your completed form and its attachments to the appropriate Alberta Transportation District Office.

Contact

For more information about installing signs within a highway control zone:

Athabasca District Office

Phone: 780-675-2624

Address:
Main Floor, Jewell Building
3603 53 Street
Athabasca, Alberta  T9S 1A9
Email: transdevelopmentathabasca@gov.ab.ca
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Calgary District Office

Phone: 403-297-6311

Address:
2nd Floor, Willowglen Business Park
803 Manning Road NE
Calgary, Alberta  T2E 7M8
Email: transdevelopmentcalgary@gov.ab.ca
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Edson District Office

Phone: 780-723-8250

Address:
2nd Floor, Provincial Building
111 54 Street
Edson, Alberta  T7E 1T2
Email: transdevelopmentedson@gov.ab.ca
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Fort McMurray District Office

Phone: 780-743-7376

Address:
6th Floor, West Tower
9915 Franklin Avenue
Fort McMurray, Alberta  T9H 2K4
Email: application.permit.fm@gov.ab.ca
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Grande Prairie District Office

Phone: 780-538-5310

Address:
1st Floor, Provincial Building
10320 99 Street
Grande Prairie, Alberta  T8V 6J4
Email: transdevelopmentgrandeprairie@gov.ab.ca
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Hanna District Office

Phone: 403-854-5550

Address:
2nd Floor, Provincial Building
401 Centre Street
Hanna, Alberta  T0J 1P0
Email: transdevelopmenthanna@gov.ab.ca
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Lethbridge District Office

Phone: 403-381-5426

Address:
3rd Floor, Administration Building
909 3 Avenue North
Lethbridge, Alberta  T1H 0H5
Email: transdevelopmentlethbridge@gov.ab.ca
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Peace River District Office

Phone: 780-624-6280

Address:
3rd Floor, Provincial Building
Bag 900, Box 29
9621 96 Avenue
Peace River, Alberta  T8S 1T4
Email: transdevelopmentpeaceriver@gov.ab.ca
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Red Deer District Office

Phone: 403-340-5166

Address:
4th Floor, Provincial Building
4920 51 Street
Red Deer, Alberta  T4N 6K8
Email: transdevelopmentreddeer@gov.ab.ca
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Stony Plain District Office

Phone: 780-963-5711

Address:
4711 44 Avenue
Stony Plain, Alberta  T7Z 1N4
Email: transdevelopmentstonyplain@gov.ab.ca
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Vermilion District Office

Phone: 780-853-8178

Address:
2nd Floor, Provincial Building
PO Box 28
4701 52 Street
Vermilion, Alberta  T9X 1J9
Email: transdevelopmentvermilion@gov.ab.ca
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