Service Description

A First Party Sign Permit is required before putting up a sign used to identify a business or service located on the property.

Service Outcome

Sign / Building Permit

All drawings to be drawn on standardized sized sheets, drawn to scale, fully dimensioned, signed and dated.

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.

Sign Copy

Details of the type of copy proposed (ie. electronic, readograph, static).

Lighting Details

Notes and details about lighting design and illumination levels for the sign.

Location

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.

Site Plan

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.

Photos

Photographs of the site and/or building with the new sign proposal (optional).

Ground Signs

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.

Only electronic applications are accepted, and can be sent via email to signbylawunit@toronto.ca. 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.

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