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 permit application

Portable signs

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

Mobile signs require a permit prior to installation.

Mobile sign permit application Third-party mobile sign permit application for non-for-profit organizations

Related forms and fees

Sign Bylaw variance application Sign permit fees

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 utility poles, please contact ServiceGuelph
call 519-122-1260 or email

To place a poster on the downtown community board, please contact the Downtown Guelph Business Association

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

Report a concern about a sign

For more information

Zoning Services

For information regarding Street Signs and Traffic Directional Signs, please contact Operations at 519-837-5628.