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Election Related Signage

Halifax Regional Municipality- Restrictions on Election Signs

Candidates are reminded campaign signs should be restricted to private property (with the permission of the property owner) and should not be installed within the street right of way except as listed in By Law S-801. Signs must not obstruct the view of traffic at intersections and driveways. Also, signs must not be installed on utility poles or street trees. All signs should be removed within one week following the election.

Specific election signage rules are contained within municipal By-Law S-801, Respecting Licensing of Temporary Signs.

Adherence to the guidelines should preclude any problems; however, note that any signs posing a safety hazard will be removed by HRM at the cost of the candidate.

Any questions can be directed to the Citizen Contact Centre at 311.

From Aliant Telecom:

"Aliant Telecom does not permit the unauthorized installation of signs, banners, or posters on our telephone poles. These attachments, as well as the associated means of fastening the signage to the pole, pose a safety hazard to all utility technicians who climb the poles."

From Nova Scotia Power:

"Nova Scotia Power Inc. does not permit the unauthorized installation of signs, banners or posters on power poles. These attachments, as well as associated protruding nails and staples, pose a safety hazard to our power line technicians, as well as employees with other utilities, who work on these poles."

From the Provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal:

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has established the following practice regarding election related signage to coincide with the new Advertising Sign Regulations dated July 15, 2001 near provincial roadways.

Controlled Access Highways

  1. Election signs are not permitted within 1000 metres of the centre line of a controlled access highway.
  2. Election signs are not permitted within 60 metres of the end of ramps or controlled access connectors onto connector / non-contolled access highways

Non-Controlled Access Highways (Most Provincial Roads)

Note: The following "common sense" constraints apply:

  • Signs should not cause hazard by obstructing sight distance at intersections, parking lots, driveways and to posted traffic control signs;
  • Signs should be behind ditch line or minimum three (3) metres behind curb;
  • Sign erectors should have approval of adjacent property owner;
  • Signs are not permitted to be attached to Department signs or guardrail / guide posts.

Enforcement Procedure to be followed by TIR Staff

  1. The practice as stated will be enforced.
  2. If a large wooden sign (1.2 x 1.2 metres or larger) is found to be in violation of the policy, contact has to be made with the candidate's office to advise that the sign is in violation and has to be removed. For signs smaller than 1.2 x 1.2 metres, the candidate's office will not be contacted.
  3. For signs greater than 1.2 x 1.2 metres, the candidate's office will be advised that if the sign is not relocated within 24 hours, TIR staff will remove the sign. The sign will be taken down with as little damage as possible and stored at the local TIR base for retrieval by the appropriate person.

For signs smaller than 1.2 x 1.2 metres, the sign should be removed and stored at the TIR base until the end of the election period or the appropriate person contacts the Base in regards to collecting signs that may have been taken down.

Above content last modified Friday, June 24, 2016 at 11:22am.