Sign Permits ensure that sign structures within the City meet the standards set out in the Ontario Building Code, the zoning by-laws and sign by-laws for the City of St. Catharines and other applicable legislation.
When a formal complaint is received, an inspector makes a site visit to determine if it is a valid complaint. Once this has been established, a letter is sent advising the specifics of the infraction and what is required for compliance with the bylaw, including how long the resident has to complete the modifications for compliance. In addition, anyone who is in violation of the city's by-law and does not comply with a notice that is issued by the city by-law enforcement office may be subject to legal action.
Signs placed illegally on City property are considered to be litter. As such, they will be removed and their components will be recycled or sent to landfill.
Portable signs in non-compliance may be towed at the owner's expense.
Anyone who is in violation of the city's by-law and does not comply with a notice that is issued by the City of St. Catharines may be subject to legal action.