A permit is required before installing a permanent building sign, and free-standing (pylon) sign, portable sign (A-frame), or mobile sign. Guelph’s Sign Bylaw does not permit flashing/revolving signs, inflatable signs, signs for home-based businesses, signs which obstruct the vision of drivers.
Building signs or a free-standing (pylon) signs
Building signs and free-standing signs (not excluded by Section 3 of the Sign Bylaw) require a permit.
Building signs are signs attached to a building and include signs on a canopy or awning, and the like.
Freestanding signs, commonly referred to as pylon signs, are signs which are typically supported by a support structure which is embedded into the ground.
When applying for a building sign or freestanding sign please use the application below titled “Building Permit Application” (Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish).Building permit application
Portable Signs (such as an A-frame/sandwich board) require a permit. If the sign is to be placed on the boulevard (City property) please be aware there may be additional regulations.Portable sign permit application
Mobile signs require a permit prior to installation.
Mobile signs are signs which are designed to be moved from place to place and which utilize manual (interchangeable) copy. Permits are required to install a mobile sign. Each permit has a duration of 30 consecutive days. The application for a mobile sign permit can be found below.Mobile sign permit application Third-party mobile sign permit application for non-for-profit organizations
Sign bylaw variances
When a sign does not comply to the regulations of the Sign Bylaw, a Sign Variance may be applied for. It is recommended that staff be consulted prior to applying for a Sign Variance (fee is non-refundable). Once the application is received, staff will prepare a Sign Variance Report for consideration of the sign variance request by Council. The application for a sign variance can be found below. Please submit your application to the attention of Building Services.Sign Bylaw variance application
Fees for sign permits and sign variance applications can be found in the document below.Sign permit fees
Put a banner on the Norfolk Street Bridge
Not-for-profit organizations can apply to ServiceGuelph for permission to place a temporary banner on the Norfolk Street Bridge.Complete the Norfolk Street Bridge banner application
Please get permission for posters
Posters are permitted on approved poster sleeves on utility poles in front of secondary schools and downtown, and on the downtown community board.
To place a poster on the downtown community board, please contact the Downtown Guelph Business Association
For more information
For information regarding Street Signs and Traffic Directional Signs, please contact Operations at 519-837-5628.
The above information is provided as a guide only and does not supercede the City of Guelph Sign Bylaw. The City of Guelph Sign Bylaw contains exact definitions and regulations relating to signs in the City of Guelph.