You need a sign permit for most exterior signs that advertise a business or an event.
Signs that do not require a permit
- directional sign
- portable sign
- real estate sign
- special event sign
- wall sign in a single family zone (other than bed & breakfast or home business signs)
- window sign
While these signs do not require a permit, they still need to comply with all sign regulation bylaws
How to apply
September 18, 2017 — To serve you better, we are upgrading our system for processing sign permit applications. During this transition, we are unable to accept online payments for permit fees. When you submit your sign permit application, please include a cheque for your fee (fees are listed below). If you are unsure of how much you owe, please contact us and we can help. Applications submitted without cheques can not be processed.
- Review the sign bylaw to ensure the size, type, and location of the sign you want is permitted. If you're not sure, ask the Planning Department for help.
- Complete the application form, and bring it to District Hall, along with:
- an illustration or graphic of the sign
- a picture of the front of your business, identifying where you would like to place the sign
- structural assurances from a professional engineer (your sign company can help you with this requirement)
- a cheque for the permit fee
It takes about a week to process your application, providing your sign conforms to the sign bylaws. Once approved, your sign permit will be mailed to the address on your application form.
The permit fee is $130 for your first sign, and $80 for each subsequent sign.