Election signs may only be displayed during a candidate's campaign period.
On June 16, 2014, Fort Erie Town Council enacted By-law 90-2014, Being a By-law to Regulate the Erection and Display of Signs Within the Town of Fort Erie and to Repeal By-law No. 42-99. Section 8 of By-law 90-2014 pertains to Election Signs and is reproduced below. To view the By-law in its entirety, please click here.
8.0 ELECTION SIGNS
|8.1||Election signs may be erected or displayed on private property, provided that such signs:|
|(a)||shall not be erected or displayed earlier than 45 days prior to Election Day, and in the case of federal and provincial elections, shall not be erected or displayed before the official date of notice of Election Day;|
|(b)||shall be removed within five (5) days following Election Day;|
|(c)||where erected or displayed on lands zoned residential, shall not exceed 1.2 square metres (12.9 square feet) in display area; and|
|(d)||where located on non-residential lands, shall not exceed 3.0 square metres (32.3 square feet), with the exception of billboard signs where permitted.|
Election signs shall not be erected or displayed on public property, including trees and fences on public property, parks and cemeteries, and street medians and islands, subject to Subsection 8.3.
Notwithstanding Section 8.2, election signs may be erected or displayed on the untraveled portion of a street (excluding medians and islands) provided that no sign shall be erected or displayed in front of a lot which is not a vacant lot, unless the lot owner’s permission therefor has been obtained.
Election signs where permitted on a street shall not be located closer than 1 metre (3.3 feet) to the curb or edge of the travelled portion of a street where there is no curb, and shall not exceed 1.2 square meters (12.9 square feet) in display area and shall not obstruct sight lines at intersections and driveway entrances.
Election candidates shall be responsible for compliance with the signage by-laws and regulations of The Regional Municipality of Niagara and Province of Ontario (including the Ministry of Transportation) as the case may be.
Election signs shall not be erected or displayed on utility poles, light standards, or traffic signal standards.
Election signs shall not be erected or displayed on property upon which an election polling station is located.
Vehicles displaying election signs shall not be parked or driven on the property of a polling station, nor be parked on the street abutting a polling station throughout Election Day or during an advance poll.
Election signs or vehicles displaying election signs in violation of this Section 8.0 may be caused to be removed by the Designated Official, without notice to the candidate or his/her representative.
Election signs caused to be removed by the Designated Official as provided in Subsection 8.9 shall be stored by the Town for a period of not less than thirty (30) days. The owner shall be notified by the Designated Official that the sign(s) is being stored and may be retrieved without fee or charge. If within the thirty (30) day period, the owner does not retrieve the sign(s) from the Town, the sign(s) shall be disposed of by the Town without any further notice and without liability to the Town.