Temporary Signs on Private Property (By-law No. 2004-239)


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Temporary Signs on Private Property (By-law No. 2004-239)

The Temporary Signs on Private Property By-law of the City of Ottawa regulates the placement of temporary signs on private property. Additional sign by-laws exist for Permanent Signs on Private Property (By-law No. 2016-326) and Signs on City Roads (By-law No. 2003-520).


  • Signs may not be placed where they can cause a hazard for motorists, cyclists or pedestrians
  • Signs may not be affixed to trees or city light posts
  • Election signs, real estate signs and charitable/cultural/religious signs do not need a permit
  • New rules for election signs came into effect in April 2018.
  • To request a temporary sign permit, call 3-1-1.

View the entire by-law:

Temporary Signs on Private Property (By-law 2004-239)

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