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Election Sign Guidelines

Partial book cover of Election Sign Guide; shows a rapidway with bus and cars.

This Election Sign Guide outlines the criteria set out in York Region’s Sign Bylaw. York Region’s Sign Bylaw No. 2015-36 was enacted by York Regional Council on September 21, 2006 and amended on June 26, 2015. This bylaw regulates the sign placement, duration and specifications on Regional roads.


Registration

A non-refundable Election Sign Permit fee may be applied per candidate per local municipality in which candidates or third party advertisers seek to install signs.


Sign Size

Signs must be in proper repair and not exceed 1.22 metres (4 feet) high and 1.22 metres (4 feet) wide.


Sign Placement

Reference the Placement Restriction Diagram below

  • Signs are only permitted at intersections on Regional roads
  • No candidate, registered third party or registered third party advertiser shall place no more than two signs per intersection (one per corner) at permitted Regional intersections

It is encouraged that anyone installing signs have appropriate insurance to protect themselves and cover any costs related to potential damage to utilities, infrastructure or other incidents resulting from the installation of a sign. It is the sign installer’s responsibility to obtain any necessary utility clearances from Ontario One-Call.

Signs cannot be placed:

  • At any restricted intersections due to property constraints (see the sign restriction maps in the maps section)
  • In a location that impairs or obstructs the visibility of motorists or pedestrians or warning devices including railway, traffic or municipal signs
  • On any centre median, traffic island or centre boulevard within a road allowance
  • Within five metres (17 feet) from a fire hydrant, transit shelter or bus stop
  • Within three metres (10 feet) lateral distance from the edge of the road pavement or back of curb
  • Within 10 metres (33 feet) lateral distance from intersection or driveway pavement edge

If sign placement does not comply with  the bylaw, signs will be removed for public safety.


Placement Restriction Diagram

Signs are only permitted at intersection corners on Regional roads, within 40 metres of the corners.
Note: Diagram not to scale.

Accessible formats of this diagram, the contents or communication supports are also available upon request.Diagram of an intersection showing areas where signs are permitted and not permitted. The diagram is based on the list of placement restrictions listed above. For a detailed description of this diagram please call 1 877 464 9675 extension 75700.

View in High Resolution (PDF)


Municipal Restriction Maps

The following maps are for print purposes and are in PDF format.
Accessible formats of the maps, the contents or communication supports are also available upon request.

Town of Aurora
Town of East Gwillimbury
Town of Georgina
Township of King
City of Markham
Town of Newmarket
Town of Richmond Hill
City of Vaughan
Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville


Installation and Removal of Signs

  • Installation and removal of signs is the responsibility of election candidates
  • Election signs are permitted 24 hours per day, seven days per week only during the period commencing at 10 a.m. on the 28th day prior election day
  • 72 hours following the close of the polls all signs must be removed from the Regional road intersections
  • Signs placed in contrary to  York Region’s Sign Bylaw will be removed byYork Region and/or local municipal staff
  • Signs that are removed due to non-compliance will be held until after election day

Diagram showing timeline of when signs can be up and when they need to be down by.


Safety Precautions

When installing/removing election signs, take proper safety precautions to ensure your safety and the safety of the public, including reducing driver distractions. Safety tips include:
  •  All persons working near roadways shall wear reflective vests/bright clothing and safety footwear
  • Signs should be installed and removed between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., outside of peak travel times
  • Vehicles should be park ed in such a way to minimize the impact to othermotorists, pedestrians and cyclists
  • A road occupancy permit  will be required  if any lanes are blocked. Information about road permits is available on the Road Use and Road Sign Permits page
  • Stay clear of any maintenance or construction operations and equipment
  • Ensure signs are properly  secured to avoid being blown away

Election Sign Recovery By Appointment Only

Signs can only be recovered after the election, and will be available for pick-up 72 hours after election day. To recover non-compliant signs, please contact the district facility where the signs where placed:

Southwest District Facility
City of Vaughan
1-877-464-9675 ext. 75320 or 75181

Southeast District Facility
Town of Richmond Hill
1-877-464-9675 ext. 76932 or 76933

Central District Facility
Town of Newmarket
1-877-464-9675 ext. 76934 or 76025

North District Facility
Town of Georgina
1-877-464-9675 ext. 75171 or 7769

District Yard juristiction map. For a detailed description please call 1 877 464 9675 extension 75700.


Election Sign Recycling

Following the election, candidates are welcome to recycle coroplast (corrugated plastic) election signs at the York Region Waste Depots listed below.  Please note, only coroplast campaign signs are accepted.  Plastic film signs will not be accepted. All fasteners, wood or metal stakes and wires must be removed prior to drop-off. For locations, visit the Waste Depots page or call 1-866-665-6752.  Signs will be accepted at these locations for seven days following the election date.

Drop Off Locations, Dates and Hours

Elgin Mills Community Environmental Centre
1124 Elgin Mills Road East, Town of Richmond Hill
1-866-665-6752

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Closed civic and statutory holidays.

McCleary Court Community Environmental Centre
130 McCleary Court, City of Vaughan
1-866-665-6752

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Closed civic and statutory holidays.

Georgina Waste Transfer Station
23068 Warden Avenue, Town of Georgina
1-866-665-6752

Monday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday
Closed
Closed civic and statutory holidays.


For more information please call 1-877-464-9675 extension 75700 or email permits@york.ca


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