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The Town of Oakville: Sign By-law Review

The Town of Oakville is reviewing the Sign By-Law. We have heard from our members about the need to update this by-law, and now you can have your say. Complete the survey before September 5, 2017. It is anonymous and will take less than 10 minutes. The survey is now closed.

The regulations outlined in the Town’s current Sign By-law 2006-005 are in place to:
  • Guide the types of advertising signs that are allowed on public property and on the property of business locations;
  • Support the Town’s objectives to manage visual clutter, ensure the health and safety of the public, and preserve Oakville’s unique character, streetscape compatibility and priority intended for on-site first-party signs throughout the town; and
  • Provide a balance between the Town’s objectives and the advertising interests of businesses.
Why are they reviewing the Sign By-law?
Sign By-Law 2006-005 has been in effect for ten years with multiple amendments that have affected the regulation of various sign types including but not limited to mobile signs, fascia signs and advertising signs. A review is needed to ensure the Town’s regulations address the needs of local businesses, while reflecting the Town’s objectives and unique character.

The four guiding principles of the review are:
  1. Health and safety – the design, location, maintenance, and operation of signs should not pose a safety hazard for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians
  2. Maintaining the community character – signs should be compatible with their surroundings, reflect the Town’s unique character, overall planning and design objectives and contribute positively to a livable environment
  3. Economic development – signs should contribute to the economic well-being of businesses and communities
  4. Respecting Charter rights – balancing of the Town’s objectives with the interests of the business community by ensuring that rights of commercial expression are minimally impaired for the purposes of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.