March 19, 2018 -- In an effort to amalgamate its three existing sign by-laws into one consolidated municipal regulation, the City of Vaughan initiated a comprehensive sign by-law review last year. As part of the consultation process, TREB met with city staff to provide input related to real estate signs, specifically, open house signs, to ensure the interests of our Members were protected.
Overcrowding of open house real estate signs on weekends is an issue of concern for the City of Vaughan. At present, registrants are restricted to displaying three signs per open house. In instances where REALTORS® are showing several properties in one area, it may appear that they are using more signs than permitted. To clearly identify instances where a prohibited number of signs are being used, the City noted that city staff and real estate stakeholders both suggested including the address of the property on the signage. Therefore, all Members operating in the City of Vaughan need to be aware that, moving forward, the City will require real estate open house signs to include the address of the corresponding property, similar to the City of Toronto. View the report for full Phase One details.
The by-law is currently being updated to reflect the approved Phase One changes, which should take effect in late March 2018.
The City is currently in Phase Two of the review, which is considering longer-term changes, such as opportunities for advertising using permanent signage and on developing guidelines to support consistent decision-making.