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Oakville open house sign by-laws
OMDREB May/June 2016 newsletter

Because the Board office has been receiving an increasing number of complaints regarding open house signs that are not in compliance with the Town of Oakville sign by-law, we are taking a look at the issue and how we might help improve the situation.

In the meantime, the following is a refresher of the rules provided to us at a recent Managing Brokers Council meeting by Oakville By-Law Enforcement Officer Raj Vemuapalli.

Here are a few items to note when considering your Open House signs:

  • Signs may be no larger than 0.6 m by 0.6 m (2 ft. by 2 ft.)
  • Maximum three signs per property and cannot be displayed before 9 a.m. or after 9 p.m.
  • Permitted only on town property or private property in residential zones.
  • Please abstain from putting up or displaying signs that obstructs the view of pedestrians and/or car drivers, or obstructs the visibility of traffic signage or devices.

Members who are found to be displaying Open House signs outside the by-law rules may have their signs confiscated by the Town, which can be retrieved upon paying a $53 fine.

REALTORS® can call the regular line during the regular business hours to report infractions.

There is another direct number they may be able to call and leave a message with full details of sign location, numbers/address on it etc. at 905-815-2010.

For non-emergency situations they may also call HRPS general line 905-825-4747.

REALTORS® can take a few photos of infractions and direct them to townclerk@oakville.ca, or serviceoakville@oakville.ca.

For illegal signs erected (more than three open house signs) on town properties you may also call Bob DeHoog at 905-845-6601 ext. 3337, and his Sign Jail Crew would pick them up.

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