Sign By-law and Non-Compliance Procedures 

For your convenience, we have highlighted the sections of the sign by-law that relate specifically to election signs below. Those posting election signs must also be aware that all signs must comply with the entire chapter of the by-law, which can be found at: http://www.brantford.ca/pdfs/bylaws/478.pdf.

This Chapter has recently been revised to include registered third party advertisers.

Property Maintenance - Chapter 478 - Signs-Outdoor Other Advertising Devices
Article 5

Election Sign

478.5.1 On highway - over public property - prohibited
No person including a candidate shall affix, erect, display or keep an election sign or permit or allow an election sign to be affixed, erected, displayed or kept, wholly or partially on or overhanging public property including highways, boulevards and parks. By-law 122-91, 2 July, 1991

478.5.2 On public utilities property - prohibited
No person including a candidate shall affix, erect, display or keep an election sign or permit or allow an election sign to be affixed, erected, displayed or kept, on any property owned, managed or controlled by the Brantford Power Inc. By-law 60-212, 18 June, 2012.478. 23

478.5.3 Obstructing - door - window - opening - prohibited
No person including a candidate shall affix, erect, display or keep an election sign or permit or allow an election sign to be affixed, erected, displayed or kept, at any location where the election sign might obstruct doors, windows, fire exits, openings required for light, ventilation, ingress or egress.

478.5.4 Election Signs – regulations
All regulations under Article 5 - Election Sign of Chapter 478 apply to Municipal, Provincial and Federal Election signs. By-law 86-2015, 31 August, 2015.

478.5.4.1 Display of Election Signs
The earliest date and time election signage may be placed is immediately following the close of nominations on Nomination Day for municipal elections or the date of issuance of the Writ of Election, for Federal or Provincial election.

478.5.4.2 Removal – 3rd day following Election Day
The latest date and time on which election signage may be removed is 16:30 hours on the 3rd day following Election Day.

478.5.5 Notice to remove - non-confirming
Where any person has affixed, erected, displayed or kept an election sign contrary to provisions of this Chapter, the Chief Building Official, the Engineer, the Clerk, may direct either orally or in writing such person, candidate, or person in charge at a candidate’s headquarters, to re- move such election sign(s).

478.5.6 Removal - without notice - authority
Despite Section 478.5.5, where any election sign contravenes this Chapter the Chief Building Official, the Engineer, the Clerk or their designates may remove such sign without notice or compensation or return of sign. By-law 86-2015, 31 August, 2015.

478.5.7 Removal - cost - paid by candidate or Registered Third Party - Election
Further, the candidate or Registered Third Party – Election whose sign is removed shall pay for the City’s cost of removal. By-law 44-2018, 27 March, 2018.

478.5.8 Placement – privately-owned
Election signs may be placed only on privately-owned property. By-law 44-2018, 27 March, 2018.

478.5.9 Placement - permission
Prior to the placement of any election sign permission must first be granted by either the property owner or occupant. By-law 86-2015, 31 August, 2015.

Non-Compliance Procedures

For the 2018 Municipal Election, City staff from the Clerks, Building and Engineering departments developed a protocol to deal with the issue of non-compliance of the City’s Election Sign requirements under Article 5 of the Municipal Code, Chapter 478. The Nomination Period closes July 27th, 2018, therefore no election signs may be posted until after this time. The following procedures will be adhered to during the 2018 Municipal Election when handling any election signs in contravention of the above.

  • The City's sign by-law does not allow any placement of election signs on public property or overhanging on public property.
  • Staff that notice election signs on public property are to remove the sign, note where the sign was located and store it at their main location (i.e. public works yard, 1 Sherwood).
  • The Staff is then to contact the Building Department with the following: the candidate who is named on the sign, the location where the sign was and the location where the sign can be picked up.
  • The Candidate will be given 48 hours to retrieve the sign and if they have not done so, the sign can be discarded.
  • Areas where Staff will pay particular attention are medians, rights of way, parks, flowerbeds, day lighted corners, vacant city land and clearly defined boulevards.

Should you have any question regarding the general nature of this matter, please email election@brantford.ca. If you have specific questions regarding the by-law, please contact the Building Department at building@brantford.ca.

Your co-operation in this effort is greatly appreciated.