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First Party Sign Permit

General information, requirements, forms, and fees for a sign permit for the construction of a first-party advertising sign

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Third Party Sign Permit

General information, requirements, forms, and fees for a sign permit for the construction of a third party advertising sign.

General Sign Permit Application Information

Sign Type and Method of Copy Display

Only one “Sign Type” and one “Method of Copy Display” shall be used for each proposed sign. For a sign face that includes more than one sign copy method, pick the most relevant method of copy (in most cases “Static Copy”).

Sign Type
 

Fuel pump signs Roof signs(1)
Ground Signs Topiary signs(2)
Overhanging structure signs Window signs(2)
Projecting signs Wall signs

(1)  Sign Types that are expressly prohibited by Chapter 694 unless authorized by variance or amendment.
(2) Sign Types that are exempt from requiring a sign permit provided minimum bylaw provisions are met.  

Method of Copy Display

Static Copy Electronic Static Cop
Mechanical Copy Electronic Moving Copy

Professional Design

Division C, Part 1.2.1.1 (11) & (12) of the Ontario Building Code requires that an Architect or Professional Engineer design the following types of signs:

  • A ground sign exceeding 7.5m in height above adjacent ground 
  • A roof sign that has any face area that is more than 10 m2
  • A wall sign that weighs more than 115 kilos (253 lbs)
  • A wall sign attached or fastened in any manner to a parapet wall.

 

Illumination

  • No sign shall be up-lit.
  • The illumination of the sign shall not increase light levels within 10.0m of the sign face by more than 6.5 lux above ambient lighting levels.
  • Sign illumination shall not exceed 5000 NITS between sunrise and sunset and 500 NITS between sunset and sunrise.
  • No sign shall be illuminated between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. unless the sign is a first party sign associated with a lawful business which operates during this period and only while the business is actually in operation.
  • Sign lighting shall not project onto any adjacent premises located in an R, RA, CR, I or OS sign district.

Other Approvals for Sign Permits

ApprovalRequirement for ApprovalContact
Transportation Services A sign that is located (in whole or in part) or projects onto a public right-of-way, or, when an overhanging structure sign or projecting sign is located within 30m of a signalized intersection. Internal circulation by Sign Bylaw Unit staff at application intake.
Heritage Preservation Services Any application to erect, display, modify or restore a sign on a listed or designated Heritage Building or Property or within a Heritage Conservation District. Heritage Preservation Services
Phone No.: (416) 392-1975
Tree Preservation Services

Any application to erect, display, modify or restore a sign which may injure or destroy a private tree or contravene the City’s Private Tree Bylaw (Ch. 813), or,

An application to erect, display, modify or restore a sign on a property located within a Ravine Protection Area.

Urban Forestry Services, Parks Forestry and Recreation Phone No.: (416) 338-TREE or the appropriate district office
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Any application to erect, display, modify or restore a sign on a property located within the TRCA’s “Area of Interest.” Planning and Development Section at 416-661-6600, extension 5221 to make the appropriate meeting arrangements with TRCA staff in advance.
Ministry of Transportation Ontario Any application to erect display, modify or restore a sign on a property within 400m of a Provincial Highway (400 series highways). MTO Central Region Office
Phone No.: (416) 235-5385
Section 8 of the Ontario Building Code Act Any application to erect, display, modify or restore a sign, other than a window sign or a sign painted on a wall, requires a concurrent application for a Building Permit. Toronto Building