The Toronto Sign Bylaw Unit is responsible for the issuance and inspection of sign permits and carries out proactive bylaw enforcement for permanent signs on private property. The unit is also responsible for the administration and annual collection of the Third Party Sign Tax (TPST).
Please note that the current version of the Sign By-Law is now available for review. This version contains the updates which were incorporated into the by-law based on the results of last year's Electronic Sign Study, and should be referenced for any new applications.
Sign Bylaw Updates and Amendments
We maintain a full list of recent Sign Bylaw updates and/or amendments, please see Recent Sign Bylaw Amendments and Signage Master Plans.
Learn about the City-wide Sign Bylaw, which contains one common, updated set of regulations for the entire City of Toronto.
Background on the Third Party Sign Tax (TPST) and the amount of tax levied on different sign classes.
Window signs are permitted under the current Sign By-Law and are exempt from permit requirements as long as they do not display copy electronically and/or cover more than 25% of the window area. Learn More.
A Sign Permit Preliminary Project Review is strongly recommended prior to applying for a sign variance. This will help to ensure that all necessary variances are included in the application.
Learn how to make an application for a Sign Permit in-person or by email.
These guides provide general information, required documentation, forms, and fees required for submitting applications for a First Party and Third Party Sign.
The Sign Unit offers an express permit review service for certain projects. Find out if your project is eligible and find information on what you need to bring to make a sign permit FASTRACK application.
Proposed signs which do not comply with the Sign Bylaw must be granted a variance from the standards of the Sign Bylaw. Learn how to apply for a sign variance.