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REGULATIONS AND PERMITS FOR OUTDOOR SIGNAGE: NAVIGATING COMPLIANCE

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Excellent advertising enables you to meet your clients where they are, which is usually outside. People are always on the go, whether they are driving down a highway, walking down a street, or bicycling to work. This means that promoting your brand in public spaces is an excellent approach to get their attention.

There are several types of outdoor signs for business, each with its own set of benefits. The good news is that regardless of your budget or communication strategy, there is an exterior sign for your Toronto business that will meet your objectives. There are several effective visual choices available, including monument signs, channel letters, real estate signs, or pylon signs. Before we delve into the details of designing your signage, it’s important to be familiar with the regulations we need to follow. Insight Signs and Graphics can assist you in processing permits and installing quality signage.

In this blog, we will dive into what you need to know about outdoor signs permits.

UNDERSTANDING SIGN PERMITS

· BUILDING PERMITS VS SIGN PERMITS

According to the City of Toronto’s guidelines: “Any time a sign is installed on a building or into the ground, a Sign and Building Permit is required. Window signs, topiary signs, and painted wall signs would not require a Building Permit, but still require a Sign Permit.” Depending on the kind of sign you choose to install, there is a specific permit that accompanies it.

· WHY DO YOU NEED A PERMIT?

The Ontario Building Code’s goal is “to set minimum construction standards to minimize the risk to the health and safety of building occupants and to provide barrier-free accessibility into a building and the energy efficiency of that building.”

A sign permit and/or construction permission is required to verify that your project will not cause harm to people or the environment and that you will not violate any laws.

· WHAT IS INCLUDED IN A SIGN PERMIT?

Acquiring business sign permissions entails several stages that may differ based on your area. Here is some of the information needed:

  • Drawings to scale, signed and dated
  • Type of copy
  • Required lighting
  • General site plan
  • Photos
  • Details of ground signs, wall, projecting, and overhanging structure signs
  • Other structural information
  • Required forms

For a complete list of requirements, click here.

HOW CAN WE HELP WITH SIGN PERMITS

While obtaining sign permits and moving forward productively can be time-consuming and daunting. The good news is that you don’t have to go through this process on your own!

Insight Signs and Graphics is a locally owned and operated sign firm that is very familiar with the local signage legislation and all the paperwork you’ll need to fill out. Take a big sigh of relief knowing that our team is working with and for you.

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