Sign Permits


Sign permits ensure that sign structures within the City meet the standards set out in the Ontario Building Code, the zoning by-laws, the sign by-law and By-law 2014-176 and By-law 2014-215 which both amend By-law 2012-154, for the City of St. Catharines and other applicable legislation.

Typical signs that require permits include:

  • Billboard signs
  • Canopy signs
  • Flag / wrap signs 
  • Ground signs
  • Pole signs
  • Portable signs
  • Wall signs

Should you require any assistance, please contact the Planning and Building Services department.


Two sets of complete construction drawings, drawn to scale, must accompany all applications for permits.

When a permit has been issued, City building inspectors conduct inspections for the levels of construction outlined on the issued permit. However, for complex projects (and some minor projects) a schedule of inspections may be required to be arranged with the local inspector.


Inspections, depending on the construction being done, may include the following stages: footings prior to pouring concrete, framing, final or any other inspection listed on the building permit.

It is the responsibility of the owner, or his or her agent, to call for inspections during certain stages of project construction.

Please contact the Planning and Building Services department at least 48 hours in advance to schedule the date for the inspector to visit your project.


See the 2019 Schedule of Rates and Fees. Go to pages 51 - 62 for Planning and Building Services. 



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