All drawings to be drawn on standardized sized sheets, drawn to scale, fully dimensioned, signed and dated.
First Party Sign Permit
A First Party Sign Permit is required before putting up a sign used to identify a business or service located on the property.
Sign / Building Permit
If drawings were prepared by a qualified designer (as defined under Div. C, Part 3, Section 3.2 of the Ontario Building Code), drawings must include the designer’s name, registration number, qualification identification number, signature, and stamp/statement that the person has reviewed and taken responsibility for the design activities.
All drawings, reports, and forms, including the completed forms, must be provided in a PDF format on a re-writable DVD, USB or submitted by email.
Details of the type of copy proposed (ie. electronic, readograph, static).
Notes and details about lighting design and illumination levels for the sign.
Fully dimensioned drawings showing the sign proposal and location on the building or lot, including location and dimensions of any other signs on the building or lot.
Showing property lines and setbacks (sign and building) as well as the proposed sign location, the location any other signs on the building or lot.
Photographs of the site and/or building with the new sign proposal (optional).
Height of sign above surrounding grades. Distance of sign from property lines and street lines.
Wall, Projecting and Overhanging Structure Signs
Depth and height of the building. Clearance from grade to the bottom of the sign. Elevations including storey levels and their heights. Location of windows and other openings.
Structural Information Required
(Required for most signs, other than Window or Painted signs)
Loading Information* (Snow Loads, Wind Loads, Earthquake Loads). Information of Combustion of Sign face/Materials.
For Wall Signs only: Cross section showing the depth of the sign and structural capability of the building or structure to which the sign is attached. Sign weight and attachment details.
For Ground Signs only: Foundation design and attachment details. Soil Parameters.
* where a building permit is required for the sign.
To apply for a First Party sign permit, you will need:
Apply by Email
Only electronic applications are accepted, and can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure you send all required forms, documents and drawings in PDF format.
For applications submitted via email, we accept credit card payments over the phone. Please call our main line at 416-392-8000.
Apply in Person
Only electronic applications are accepted in person at our front counter. Please make sure you bring all required forms, documents and drawings in PDF format to our counter on a USB drive or disc.
The fees can be paid in person by debit, credit card or certified cheque (under $2,000.00). Cheques should be made out to “Treasurer, City of Toronto”.
|Wall Signs||$34.87 per square metre (minimum of $243.96)|
|Ground Signs||$34.87 per square metre (minimum of $243.96)|
|Projecting Signs||$34.87 per square metre (minimum of $243.96)|
|Overhanging Structure Signs||$34.87 per square metre (minimum of $243.96)|
|Roof signs||$41.81 per square metre|
|Topiary Signs||$309.29 per sign|
|Renewal of Sign Permit||$20.94 per square metre|
|Renewal of Topiary Sign Permit||$146.47 per sign|
|Building Permit (DS)||$65.34|