Sign, sign, everywhere a sign!

What Edmontonian doesn’t love spending their free time in beautiful Old Strathcona? The historic area boasts many shops, restaurants, cafes and is a great way to spend a summer afternoon in our city.

Once the core of the separate city of Strathcona, the heritage area is home to the arts and entertainment centres of Edmonton. A “heritage area” is identified for it’s historical, architectural or cultural significance. I think we can all agree that Old Strathcona fulfills all three of those requirements.

The Old Strathcona Historical Commercial DC1 area has special regulations in place relating to signage. In response to concerns of the Old Strathcona Business Association and Old Strathcona Foundation that many signs in the area were not consistent with these regulations, the City of Edmonton conducted a sign inventory in the area to gain a better understanding of the problem. The results of the inventory indicated that many signs had been installed without required permits. Without a complete permit application it is impossible for the City to ensure that a sign is safe and consistent with the special sign regulations for the area.

The Old Strathcona Sign Project was initiated by the City of Edmonton, in partnership with the Old Strathcona Business Association and Old Strathcona Foundation to educate business owners  about the special regulations for the area, as well the City’s sign permit requirements and processes.

The City is introducing business ambassadors to the area to help connect with the area’s business owners. Throughout the months of June and July, the ambassadors will be making their way through the Historical Commercial DC1 area to ensure that business owners are aware of permit requirements.

The City will be hosting a workshop for sign companies on August 20, 2015 to learn more about permits and requirements. Stay tuned for more details!

If you are a business owner in the area and want to ensure you have the proper sign permits in place, contact our heritage planner, Scott Ashe.

Old Strathcona is a vibrant historic district that Edmontonians will be proud of for many years to come. We want to work together with business owners to protect this historic area and keep it unique for visitors, residents and future generations.

The education campaign runs until the end of September 2015.

For more information on the Old Strathcona Sign Compliance Campaign, please visit