Sign Permits

Why do we require sign permits?

Signage and other forms of outdoor advertising are important to the success of many businesses. Building and By-law Services uses a permit process to make sure signs in Tillsonburg:

  • are the appropriate size
  • are put in proper locations
  • are built and installed correctly so they aren't dangerous to the public
  • don't negatively impact neighbouring properties


Sign regulations

You need a sign permit in order to erect a new sign in the Town of Tillsonburg. Review the sign permit guidelines and learn how to apply for a permit.

By-law 3798 regulates signs, advertising devices and the posting of notices in Tillsonburg.

The application process for sign permits varies depending on whether a sign is temporary or permanent

Mobile and Temporary Signs

Mobile or temporary signs cannot be installed in Tillsonburg without a sign permit. Permits are valid for 30 days and can be renewed for a maximum of 180 days in a 12-month period.

  • signs can only be installed on the property of the business they are advertising
  • signs must be a 30 metre distance from other mobile signs
  • signs cannot be placed in sight triangles or near driveways that may block motorists' view
  • signs must not be animated or flashing

The mobile sign permit fee is $30 per month.

Permanent Signs

Permanent signs cannot be installed in Tillsonburg without a sign permit. All applications must be accompanied by a scaled drawing which will include information on:

  • materials used;
  • letters;
  • numerals;
  • insignia;
  • logo;
  • colours;
  • dimensions of the sign area, sign face, copy area and support members;
  • the maximum height, clearance and projection;
  • description of the copy or wording to be displayed;
  • all relevant structural information.

Sign Permit Application Fee:

  • $100.00 for the first $1000.00 of estimated construction value
  • $7.00 for each additional $1000.00 of estimated construction value or part thereof

Application for Sign Variance Fee:

  • Minor: $280.00
  • Major: $420.00

Sign Variance Appeal to Council Fee:

  • $280.00
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