The purpose of the Sign By-law 250-2004 (see Building and Planning By-laws Online) is to:
- Permit the effective use of signs as a means of communication
- Encourage signs which are pleasing to the eye in terms of colour, size, design and location
- Minimize the possibility of hazards to life or property
- Ensure signs do not compromise traffic safety
- Minimize the adverse impact on nearby public and private property
- Enable the fair and consistent enforcement of detailed sign regulations
Pursuant to Section 99 of the Planning Act, the City of Windsor's current Sign By-law regulates the erection, placement, alteration, maintenance, demolition and removal of a sign, signboard, advertisement, advertising device or structure, or any class thereof.
An application for a permit must be made to the Building Department in order to construct, alter, repair, or relocate a sign as indicated in the by-law. There are certain signs that do not require a permit. All applicants are advised to see a Customer Service Representative in the Building Department prior to the submission of applications. In some cases, a planner may be consulted to determine the impact of the proposed signs on the surrounding areas.
If a proposed sign is not permitted or does not comply with the regulation of the Sign By-law, the owner may apply for an amendment to the Sign By-law. Council will consider an amendment if the proposed sign is allowed by the Official Plan and conforms to relevant Official Plan policies and the overall intent of the Sign By-law.
- Application for Sign Permit can be downloaded from Building & Development Department.
- For Sign By-law Amendment, please consult a planner in the Building & Development Department. Application forms are available online.
For further information, please contact:
Planning & Building Services Department
350 City Hall Square West, 2nd Floor
P. O. Box 1607