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|Understanding the Public
As the weather gets warmer, we see more
signs in our City. Some signs, like those that are put on City streets without permission and
don't follow the sign by-law, are illegal and a public nuisance.
The City has a Public
Nuisance By-law. Did you know that under the by-law there are steps you can take to keep
your City beautiful and free from these nuisance signs?
1. Removing Signs Yourself
You can remove nuisance signs placed on your property or on public property next to yours
without City permission.
2. The Nuisance Sign Removal Program
gives residents the power to remove nuisance signs if they sign an agreement with the
If you are an adult resident of Mississauga and you are interested in removing nuisance signs
from your community, you must sign up for the Nuisance Sign Removal Program. Under the by-law,
this program gives you the ability to remove nuisance signs from City streets.
gives eligible residents the ability to remove nuisance signs that are:
How to sign up:
- no more than one square metre or 10
square feet in size placed on a boulevard next to the street;
- placed on traffic signal poles and
traffic signage poles, but NOT on the face of the traffic signs; or
- placed on streetlighting poles and
- carefully read the Nuisance Sign Removal Agreement available online and from the City's sign
- sign two copies of the agreement;
- bring or mail both copies to the City's
Sign Unit, located at 300 City Centre Drive on the third floor.
|3. What is a Nuisance
Before taking steps to remove a nuisance sign, it is important to be sure that it is illegal.
The City makes allowances for some signs.
Please do not remove:
When in doubt, do not remove the sign. Call
3-1-1 before you act. The City can help remove nuisance signs if you are unable or do not have
- election signs, new home development
signs, open house signs, real estate signs, sidewalk signs, signs on poster sleeves and any
signs placed on a bus shelter;
- signs for garage sales that will be
taking place or have taken place within one day of the sign being found (unless the sign is
found on a streetlighting pole, a traffic signal pole, a traffic signage pole or a utility
pole, and not on a poster sleeve);
- signs found on the centre median of a
road or a traffic island;
- signs found on private property, other
than your own; or
- any sign that is stuck with an adhesive -
you could damage City property.
|4. Putting Your Safety
When removing nuisance signs under the Public Nuisance By-law:
Remember, the key is to remove nuisance signs
legally and safely. Always be cautious and careful.
- be careful when handling signs on poles,
as they may have sharp staples;
- never approach work areas or construction
- always follow traffic laws and parking
regulations when removing nuisance signs; and
- never remove a sign when confronted by an
angry citizen or sign owner.
If you would like more information on the Public Nuisance
By-law or the Nuisance Sign Removal Program, please call 3-1-1.