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 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
An Election Sign is a temporary sign/poster designed or intended to be displayed in connection with the following:
- federal election or referendum;
- provincial election, referendum or plebiscite;
- local government election; or
- a Health Authority election.
The Election Sign Guide provides an overview of the regulations on election signage including sign placement, duration and other standards such as size and height. Regulations on election signage are outlined in the Zoning Bylaw 8770, Temporary Sign Bylaw 7491, Poster Bylaw 7565 and The Local Government Election Act, 2015. 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.
The Zoning Bylaw 8770 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.
- Community Standards 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.
Report a Sign Violation
For signs on private or public property, please report to Community Standards Division at 306-975-2645.