Planning & Development


Unless specifically exempt under the Leduc County Land Use Bylaw, placement of a sign on any land within the County shall require a development permit, and shall be considered a discretionary use in all land use districts.

An application for a development permit for a sign shall include drawings, acceptable to the development authority, that include:

  • a site plan showing distances to property lines, approaches or driveways, and existing buildings;
  • elevations showing overall dimensions and height of the sign, projections of the sign from any part of the building or over public property, and clearances above building grade;
  • the proposed graphics, including the size of letters or numbers on the sign; and
  • the manner of illuminating the sign.
The quality, aesthetic character and finishing of a sign must be to the satisfaction of the development authority. A landowner may be required to remove or repair any sign which, in the opinion of the development authority, is unsightly or in such a state of disrepair as to constitute a hazard. Signs must adhere to the following restrictions:
  • No sign shall obstruct free and clear vision of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
  • No sign shall interfere with or be confused with an authorized traffic sign, signal or device.
  • No sign other than one exempted under 3.2.1 or allowed under 7.19 shall be placed within any multi-lot residential subdivision.
  • No sign shall be placed within 300 m of a provincial highway or 800 m of an intersection with a provincial highway without prior approval from the Government of Alberta.
  • No sign shall be placed on any public lands without prior approval from the administrative authority responsible for those lands.

Every application for an illuminated or animated sign will be considered according to its individual merits. A permit may be granted, provided that:

  • The sign conforms to all other regulations in this bylaw
  • In the opinion of the development authority, the illumination or animation will not create a hazard to traffic on any public roadway or interfere with the use or enjoyment of any adjacent property.
  • The face area of a freestanding sign shall not exceed 8 m 2 (86.1 sq. ft.) for the first 15 m (49.2 ft.) of lineal frontage, plus 0.1 m 2 (1.1 sq. ft.) for each additional lineal foot of frontage to a maximum of 20 m 2 (215 sq. ft.).
  • Notwithstanding on a lot designated industrial or commercial by this bylaw, a freestanding sign exceeding the maximum copy area may be approved, provided it complies with this bylaw and, in the opinion of the Development Authority, does not detract from or interfere with other approved developments.
  • The maximum height of a freestanding sign shall be 9 m (29.5 ft.) above grade level at the nearest point on the edge of the carriageway of an adjacent public road.
  • There shall be no more than one freestanding sign per lot frontage, although there may be multiple sign faces allowed on a freestanding sign where more than one business occupies the lot.
  • The maximum height of any sign other than a freestanding sign shall be determined by the development authority which shall have regard for the scale and character of adjacent development and any matters of aesthetics or public safety considered to be relevant.

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