Alberta Transportation Removing non-Permitted Real Estate Advertising Signs

The Government of Alberta Transportation department recently brought the issue of using non-permitted advertising signs in provincial highway right-of-ways to RECA’s attention. Although Alberta Transportation had previously taken a tolerant attitude to non-permitted advertising signs along provincial highways, the increase of signage used by industry members has created a safety issue for the travelling public.

Section 11 of the Highway Development and Protection Regulation states this type of signage requires a permit from the Government of Alberta Highway Operations department.  Effective immediately, all real estate associates must apply for a no-cost permit for advertising signs outside of the highway right-of-way, and no signs are to be placed inside the right-of-way boundaries.  For example:

Yard signs located on private property outside the highway right-of-way are not generally an issue.  Please note that small, temporary directional signs that don’t obstruct a driver’s view of an intersection or cause damage to vehicles that may run off the road will be left in place by Alberta Transportation for a reasonable period of time before removal.

Be advised that the Transportation Department will now follow their standard process to remove non-permitted real estate advertising signs.  For more information regarding this issue call or write to:

Steve Otto                 

Alberta Transportation 

2nd Floor, 4999– 98th Avenue 

Edmonton, Alberta.  T6B 2X3     

1-780- 643-0796

Highway Development and Protection Regulation 


The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for regulating real estate, mortgage broker, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA is mandated to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry members.