This guide provides some of the information required prior to submitting applications for any sign-related matters. Comprehensive knowledge can be obtained by referring to Chapter 694, Signs, General, and, where required, Chapter 771, Taxation, Third Party Sign Tax, of the City of Toronto Municipal Code.
Forms, Fees & Guides
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”).
|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|
Division C, Part 22.214.171.124 (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.
- 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.
|Approval||Requirement for Approval||Contact|
|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|