Election Sign By-law and Non-Compliance Procedures 

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
Chapter478
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.

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 Public Utilities Commission of the City of Brantford.

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 Removal - within one week - campaign conclusion
An election sign shall be removed within one week after the conclusion of the campaign for which it was erected.

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 remove such election sign(s).

478.5.6 Removal - without notice – authority
Despite Section 478.5.6, 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.

478.5.7 Removal - cost - paid by candidate

TO: ALL CITY OF BRANTFORD 2018 ELECTION CANDIDATES
FROM: ANDREW ELDRIDGE, COORDINATOR OF ELECTIONS
SUBJECT: ELECTION SIGNS BY-LAW 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 following procedures will be adhered to during the 2018 Municipal Election when handling any election signs in contravention of the above (a copy has been included in your candidate’s information package).

  • 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 Andrew Eldridge (759-4150 ext. 5717) in the Clerk's office 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.
  • If there is a sign placement in question then staff are to contact Tanya Daniels who will make a site visit and make a decision.

Should you have any question on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact Tanya Daniels, Deputy Clerk/Manager of Licensing and Administrative Services at 759-4150 (ext. 5715) or email to tdaniels@bratford.ca or Lori Wolfe, City Clerk at 759-4150 (5713) or email to loriwolfe@brantford.ca.

Your co-operation in this effort is greatly appreciated.