Service Description

A Preliminary Project Review (PPR) will identify any variances required, Applicable Law approvals or instances of non-compliance with the Sign By-law.

Service Outcome

PPR Notice (identifying required variances, non-compliance and Applicable Laws)

The timeline for staff to review a Preliminary Project Review (PPR) is 20 days. The Examiner will provide a PPR Notice identifying any required variances, non-compliance with the Sign By-law or missing information. Be sure to include all required information as any missing information cannot be sent back to the Examiner, and a new PPR application would be required.

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

All drawings, reports, and forms, including the completed forms, must be provided in a PDF format.

Sign Copy

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

Lighting Details

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.

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.


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.

To apply for a Preliminary Project Review, you will need:

Only electronic applications are accepted, and can be sent via email to 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.

First Party Signs

  • $83.83 (first two signs)
  • $27.94 for each additional sign

Third Party Signs

  • $83.83 for each sign