On November 15, 2017 Council adopted a new Election Sign By-law.
Here's a snapshot of what changed:
- Clearly defines election sign restrictions on all properties.
- Restricts the placement of election signs to no earlier than Nomination Day in the year of a regular election, excluding campaign office signs.
- Removes the sight triangle definition and simplifies restrictions on election sign placement by measuring from the edge of the roadway.
- Election signs will not be permitted within 3 metres of a roadway, regardless of proximity to intersections.
- When election signs are placed between 3 and 8 metres from the roadway, sign height is restricted to 1.8 metres. Signs placed beyond 8 metres from the roadway are permitted up to 4 metres in height.
- Requires election signs of the same candidate to be at least 10 metres apart.
- Restricts election signs from being placed outside the ward (s) where a candidate is running for office, excepting election signs placed within 50 meters of an adjacent ward.
- Election signs are to be removed no later than ninety-six (96) hours following the day of the election.
- Election signs are prohibited from using the City’s logo or the City’s municipal election logo.
- Enforcement of the Election Sign By-law will be assigned to the City Clerk, City Clerk designate, and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers.
Election Sign By-law - Regulation "1"
Under the new by-law, Council delegated authority to the City Clerk to provide for regulations as to:
- how Election Signs would be retrieved and destroyed,
- how notice would be given to candidates if their signs were removed, and
- how candidates can claim their signs once they have been removed.
The City Clerk's Election Sign By-law Regulation "1" came into effect on March 14, 2018.
Background: Why the Election Sign By-law Changed
The City of London’s Strategic Plan contains an area of focus called "Leading in Public Service" (open, accountable, and responsive government), which requested Civic Administration “explore opportunities for electoral reform” by reviewing Election Signage.
The provisions set out in the new by-law are based on feedback from candidates, as well as complaints received by both the Elections Office and the Public Service call centre. The most common complaints related to the length of time election signs are posted, proximity to intersections, and sight line concerns.