Town of Canmore


The design, size and location of signs can create a powerful image of Canmore for both residents and visitors. The intent of the signage standards and regulations is to balance the visibility of signage with an attractive appearance of the community, in keeping with its spectacular mountain setting. The Town regulates signage in order to establish a level playing field for all businesses by being consistent with approvals.

Certain sign types are not permitted in Canmore, including:

  • A-frame and other mobile signs
  • Permanent signs with a white background
  • Banner or corporate flags used as permanent signs
  • Electronic signs
  • Internally lit signs

A more complete list of prohibited signs can be found in section 9.13 of  the Land Use Bylaw.

Signage Guide

Click the photo below to download the signage guide. 

Sign Permit Requirements

All new, replacement and temporary signs require a Development Permit unless explicitly exempt under the Land Use Bylaw

New signs include revised signs for existing businesses that change the letter dimensions, sign location, materials, relief design or overall sign issued. 

An identical replacement of a previously approved sign can proceed without applying for an additional Development Permit, as the replacement sign is exempted in the Land Use Bylaw.

To obtain a Development Permit for signage, please fill out the pdf Development Permit Form (764 KB) and submit the required information as noted in the pdf signage requirements list (675 KB) .

To obtain a Certificate of Signage Conformance, please fill out the pdf Application Form (547 KB) .

Sign Permit Fees

 To access the fee schedule click here.

Multiple signs for the same business or property may be applied for under the same application, although there is an additional fee for every additional sign. 

Submit an Application

E-mail your complete application with all required documents as noted in the applicable applications requirements list, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


If you have further questions, please submit them to the Planning & Development Department using the following form.

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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