Campaign Sign Regulations
Note: In addition to the City of Windsor Sign By-law 250-2004, all candidates should be aware of By-law 25-2010 that governs the rights-of-way in the City. Please read the excerpts below from the by-law for the purpose of the placement of election signage:
From By-Law 25-2010 - A By-law for the Protection of Streets and for other Purposes:
The Public Highway shall mean and include the entire right of way of any highway, street, alley or lane and any portion thereof within the City of Windsor.
Except as otherwise permitted by this by-law, no person shall place, occupy or maintain or cause to be placed, occupied or maintained upon any highway, any personal property of any description, including but not limited to, signs, fences, decorative or landscape rocks or boulders, logs, raised planter beds, planters, trees or shrubs, or install any decorative landscape features whatsoever, including, but not limited to, statues, fountains, gravel, pavers or paving of any kind.
Every person who makes application for a permit to use a portion of a highway under the provisions of this part shall make application to the City Engineer, on the form and in the manner specified from time to time and such application shall be accompanied by the General Permit Requirements and such information as required by the City Engineer.
If any restoration or work required to be done under the provisions of this By-law are not so done by the holder of a permit issued under the provisions of this By law, the City Engineer may make an Order requiring the person who contravened the requirements of the By-law to do work to correct the contravention
Any restoration or work required to be done under the provisions of this By-law or pursuant to an Order issued under this part that are not so done by the holder of a permit issued under the provisions of this By-law, may be done, or caused to be done by the Corporation and the costs of such work will be added to the property tax roll for the property of the permit holder, or the person authorizing an agent to apply for the permit, as the case may be and will be collected in the same manner as property taxes.
Every person who contravenes any provision of this By-law is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine not exceeding the maximum fine from time to time prescribed by the Provincial Offences Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.33, as amended, or any legislation passed in succession thereto.
Regulations for Temporary Election Signs (a letter from the Chief Building Official):
This letter is to advise you of City of Windsor regulations for temporary election signs as prescribed by the Windsor Sign By-law 250-2004.
The following regulations apply to the placement of election signs in the City of Windsor:
- Election signs do not require a permit.
- Election signs can not to be displayed prior to the first day of the nomination period as specified under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.
- Candidates should seek an owner’s permission before placing a sign.
- All election signs are subject to the following restrictions:
a. Election signs are not allowed on the public road allowance or property where a voting place is located, including and parking facilities associated with the voting place.
b. If a voting place is located at a major commercial centre (eg. Devonshire Mall) then election signs must be 20 metres from the perimeter of the voting area.
c. Election signs are not allowed within the sightline triangle of an intersection and must be kept back at least 6 meters from the property line at all street corners.
d. Election signs cannot be placed on roofs, fences, utility poles, or fastened to any tree.
e. Election signs are not allowed on any vacant land.
f. Election signs are not allowed on or next to the airport lands, including the private properties that abut the south side of County Road 42 across from the airport property.
g. Any election signs along expressways and parkways must be set back a further 20 meters from the road right-of-way, including the on and off ramps.
h. All election signs must be removed within 72 hours after the polling stations are closed for the elections.
- The Public Works Department reserves the right to remove any election sign that is found to create a hazard to vehicles or people.
Attempts will be made to contact your office directly in the event a complaint is received regarding an election sign. Immediate action, however, may be taken by City staff to remove signs that create dangerous or undesirable situations without any prior notice to you.
Your cooperation in complying with these regulations is appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns please call 311.
Office of the City Clerk
350 City Hall Square West
Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9A 6S1
Phone: For general election information, call 311.
For detailed election inquiries, please call (519) 255-6211
Fax: (519) 255-6868