Development signs

Development signs

Application for a Development Sign or Directional Development Sign 

Development sign

Development signs are identification and promotional signs located on the developer or builder's own property where the development is to occur either as one project or in phases.

Development signs can be either ground or wall-mounted and can include the following types of signs utilized by the development industry:

  • Primary ground signs promoting the development
  • Directional signs to model homes
  • Model home identification signs
  • Sales centre signs
  • Amenities signs

Development signs are subject to the sign permit process, which involves the submission of an application and, a sign detail form for larger projects, a sign plan that outlines the types and locations of signs a developer is planning to install. For smaller projects, one permit per sign is required, however, for sign plans, one permit covers all the signs identified in the sign plan.

Submission requirements for a development sign
  1. A completed application form [PDF 250 KB ]and sign detail form [ PDF 173 KB ].
  2. Payment of the application fee based on the table set out in the fee schedule.
  3. For ground signs, a scaled elevation drawing of each type of sign including the base support detail.
  4. For wall-mounted development signs, a scaled building elevation drawing(s) illustrating the proposed wall-mounted signs.
  5. For wall-mounted signs, a cross-section detailing wall construction, and fastening details.
  6. For wall-mounted signs, provide photos of the building.
  7. For ground-mounted signs 20 sq. m. (215 sq. ft.) or greater in area, photos of the location, including a photo of the land use directly opposite the sign that is not located on the property or phase currently under construction.
  8. For proposals with greater than three (3) development signs:
    1. A scaled sign plan drawing illustrating; internal roads, parking areas, buildings, property lines, entrances/exits, traffic signals and all ground signs utilizing symbols to reflect the different types of signs listed in the legend referenced in the table below
    2. The legend details each sign type, dimension, sign face area, total number of signs by type and the total proposed sign area for all signs to be located on the property.
  9. For location requirements and setback information, please refer to Part 12 of By-law 2016-326.

NOTE: The maximum permitted sign area is based on the size of the property as detailed in the following table:

I

Aspect Regulated

II

Area of

development

less than or equal to

550 M2

III

Area of

development

OVER 550 M2

TO 1000 M2

IV

Area of development

OVER 1000 M2TO 5000 M2

V

Area of development

OVER 5000 M2 TO 10000 M2

VI

Area of development

OVER 1 HA

Maximum total sign face area

2 m²

6 m²

20 m²

50 m²

50 m² per hectare

Maximum Height of any sign

3 m

5 m

5 m

7 m

7 m

Maximum sign face area of any one sign

2 m²

6 m²

6 m²

20 m²

22 m²


Sign plans

A sign plan is required for proposals with greater than three (3) development signs. Its purpose is to identify the types and locations of the proposed signs on the development site. A sign plan typically includes the planned locations of all signs, including but not limited to:

  • Primary ground signs promoting the development
  • Directional signs to model homes
  • Model home identification signs
  • Sales centre signs
  • Amenities signs

Example of a sign plan

Signs approved as part of a sign plan can be moved unaltered, within the property. Each individual sign that is part of the sign plan will be subject to maximum height, area and location restrictions. The maximum square footage of the sign face will be based on the total area of the proposed development.

For additional information, please contact: Addressing and Signs at 613-580-2424, ext. 41162.

Directional development sign

Directional development signs are permitted under sign permits on vacant land, except in residential zones and DR O1, and L3 zones. These signs provide a public service to prospective buyers who aren't familiar with the locale and need wayfinding assistance. The signage contributes to safety on the roadways by clearly directing the public to their intended destinations.

Submission requirements for a directional development sign
  1. A completed application form [PDF 250 KB ]and sign detail form [ PDF 173 KB ].
  2. Payment of the application fee based on the table set out in the fee schedule.
  3. A scaled site plan including:
    1. Dimensioned property lines
    2. Existing development i.e. buildings, parking areas, vehicular entrances/exits, internal roads, existing ground signs, traffic signal locations (if applicable), easements and rights of way.
    3. Location of proposed ground signs
    4. Sign setback from property lines, roads, buildings and traffic signals (if applicable).
  4. A scaled elevation drawing of the proposed signs including the information and/or images to be places on the sign.
  5. For size requirements and setback information, please refer to By-law 2016-326.

For additional information, please contact: Addressing and Signs at 613-580-2424, ext. 41162.

Homebuilder Wayfinding (HBWF) Signs in the Road Allowance

Through the City's Signs on City Roads By-law No. 2003-52015, HBWF Signs are allowed alongside roadways to direct traffic to the boundary of new housing developments and then to the builder sales centres to assist with general way-finding.

Projects are eligible for HBWF Signs during the time of active sales and construction. The placement of these signs is subject to City approval to ensure public safety, consistent format and locations. It is the responsibility of the homebuilder to install the signs in the right-of-way once the location has received approval from the City.

Submission requirements for a HBWF sign:

An annual permit is required for Homebuilder Temporary Way-finding Signs. Apply for a HBWF Sign permit at the Right-of-Way Permit Office, 100 Constellation Crescent, 6 th Floor East, 613-580-2424 ext. 16000.