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General Sign Regulations


8.1.1 Unless specifically exempted from the requirements to obtain a development permit, all signs, structures for signs, and any enlargement, relocation, erection, construction or alteration of a sign shall require a development permit.


8.1.2 A development permit application for a sign shall:


  a) Be made in writing on the appropriate application form and submitted together with the appropriate fees as approved in the Fees and Charges Bylaw and shall include:

    i) the signature of the registered owner(s) of the land (or their representatives or agent).

    ii) the civic address of the building, structure or lot on which the sign is to be erected, altered or replaced.

    iii) drawings to scale, giving dimensions, materials, finishes, colour schemes, letter fonts and sizes, graphics, logos and type of illumination.

    iv) drawings illustrating the position of the sign and the method of attachment.

    v) proposed purpose or message on the sign.

8.1.3 A development permit shall not be required for the routine maintenance and repair, changing the copy, or reducing the copy area of a legally existing sign.


8.1.4 The Development Authority may waive the requirement for a separate development permit for signage where they are satisfied that all required information and details for signage has been provided with an application for a building or portion of a building.


8.1.5 Section shall also apply to instances where a change of tenancy within a building is proposed and details of the prospective tenant’s signage have been provided to the Development Authority.


8.1.6 Unless provided for elsewhere within this Part, signs and their structures shall be located a minimum of:


  a) 1.0 m back from an existing or future curb line.


  b) 0.3 m from the inside edge of any sidewalk.


  c) 3.0 m from any road access; and


  d) 1.0 m from a property line when located on private property. 2


8.1.7 Signs shall not be located within an intersection site triangle.


8.1.8 Signs shall not be placed in or on a required parking space or loading space and shall not be placed so as to reduce the number of required parking stalls or loading spaces, pursuant to this Bylaw or an approved development permit.


8.1.9 Trees and shrubs shall not be removed or damaged to erect a sign, to make a sign more visible, to maintain a sign, or to change copy on a sign.


8.1.10 A permanent sign shall not be constructed within or encroach upon a registered right of way within a parcel of land.

Portable Sign Regulations

8.6.1 A portable sign shall:

  a) Have a maximum height of 3.0m.

  b) Have a maximum sign area of 5.0m2.

  c) Have a maximum width of 3.0m.

  d) Not be illuminated or include audio.

  e) Not interfere with or obstruct access to o from a parcel, or any traffic control device.

8.6.2 The minimum setbacks for a portable sign shall be:

  a) 10.0m from the lot line that abuts another lot other than a residential lot.

  b) 15.0m from the lot line that abuts a residential lot.

  c) 3.0m from any access to or from a lot or site.

  d) 10.0m from an intersection.

  e) 30.0m from another portable sign; and

  f) 23m from a freestanding sign.

8.6.3 A portable sign shall not be permitted to locate on a vacant or undeveloped parcel.

8.6.4 A portable sign may be placed on a site on a temporary basis only. Upon expiry, the Development Authority shall require a new application for the portable sign. There shall be no obligation for the Development Authority to approve a permit on the basis that a previous permit had been issued.

8.6.5 A portable sign located within a road right of way of on any other public property shall be used only for public notice as required by municipal, provincial or federal legislation and shall:

  a) Comply with the requirements of 8.6.1.

  b) Be placed no more than seven (7) days prior to an activity or event.

  c) Be allowed to remain in the right of way throughout the duration of the event; and

  d) Be removed within twenty-four hours following the conclusion of the event or activity.

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