There have been some recent changes to the sign by-laws in Oakville.
The *NEW* Oakville Sign By-Law pertaining to real estate directional signs came into effect on January 1, 2019.
The Sign By-Law permits the placement of up to five (5) real estate signs between 9 .a.m and 9 p.m. If an officer finds that there are more than five (5) open house signs directing traffic to a specific home, then all signs would be retrieved. On occasion, the sign owners may become aware of the retrieval if they personally see the officer retrieve the signs, and will try discuss the situation on-site. If the officer does not come into contact with the sign owner on that day, then the process is undertaken to contact the sign owner. This is done the next business day after the sign pick up, where the officer will provide an explanation about the enforcement that has taken place as well as the pick-up process.
The pick-up process is as follows: appointments can be made with the Town of Oakville on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. The cost to retrieve the signs is set at $59 per sign, as set out in the Rates and Fees Schedule, under the section of Retrieval of Unauthorized Items and Signs. An appointment to retrieve the signs along with the associated payment must be made within seven (7) days of the sign retrieval date. If an appointment and payment is not made during this time, then the sign owner is blacklisted and is not permitted to advertise in the Town of Oakville until all signs are picked up and all associated fees and/or fines are paid. If signs are found on the road after the 8th day, the sign owner would be subject to additional escalating fines associated with contravening the Sign By-Law.
To avoid fees, here are some easy “best practices” when posting Open House signage in the Town of Oakville:
- REALTORS® are allowed up to FIVE (5) signs per Open House.
- Signage can only be displayed between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on the day of your Open House.
- Signage must not block main traffic arteries or be distracting to drivers on the road.
- For Sale signs must be on private property ONLY and must be removed FOURTEEN (14) days after the sale of a property.