A Common Sense Sign By-Law For Richmond Hill


In July 2019, the City of Richmond Hill amended their sign by-law to allow open house signs on a trial basis. This was a result of TREB’s advocacy efforts to change the previous by-law that prohibited open house signs completely on public property, despite the expectations of consumers and clients that want this service provided by REALTORS®.

However, against the advice of TREB, Richmond Hill Council also prohibited the inclusion of REALTOR® or brokerage identification information on open house signs, under the new by-law.

After TREB and TREB  REALTOR® Members spoke out on this decision, Richmond Hill Council voted, on November 20, 2019, to remove this restriction on a pilot basis. The issue will be reviewed again by March 2020. Please take action to thank Richmond Hill Council for moving in the right direction and to encourage them to make the current rules permanent.

why does the by-law need to change?

conflict with rebba

Provincial laws require REALTORS® to include identification information.


Without identification, the public doesn’t know if the open house is being held by a regulated professional.


Numerous identical looking open house signs will leave consumers confused.

difficult enforcement

By-law enforcement staff  won’t be able to easily identify the owner of a sign, and prosecute infringement offenders. 

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The TORONTO REAL ESTATE BOARD is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1920 by a small group of real estate practitioners. TREB is the collective voice for both its commercial and residential REALTOR® Members and operates under the direction of an elected voluntary Board of 16 Directors.