Use of Temporary Signage during the COVID-19 Pandemic

To provide local businesses with more opportunities to advertise modified hours of operations and service levels, Council has lifted some restrictions and reduced fees on temporary signage until December 31, 2021.

On June 21, 2021, City Council adopted Bylaw No. B-46/2021 which extends the exemptions and relaxations for Temporary Signs previously granted under Bylaw No. B-15/2020 and extended under Bylaw No. B-47/2020 until December 31, 2021. Council has also approved Bylaw No. B-47/2021, which amends the Planning Fee Schedule to reduce fees for Development Permit applications for temporary Signs until December 31, 2021.

Temporary Sign Applications (Reduced by Council until December 31, 2021)

Temporary up to 30 days - $37.50
Temporary up to 120 days - $87.50
Temporary for Annual permit - $125

To find out what options are available to your business for temporary signage, please contact Planning & Development at 

For information on what you will need to apply for your temporary sign permit, please refer to the section below: “How do I apply?”


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Do I still need a permit?
    Yes, a permit is required, but there will be no charge for these types of signs. Applying for a permit avoids location conflicts and allows for tracking the effectiveness of this initiative.
  2. Do I need the permission of my landlord or condominium association?
    Yes, authorization from the landowner(s) is required to apply.
  3. Can I place a sign on another property?
    With the permission of that landowner, the amendments made by Council allow Planning to approve signs on locations other than your property.
  4. Can my sign application be refused?
    The Planning Department continues to do everything it can to ensure that temporary signs can be approved in all circumstances. However, the bylaw amendments still allow for refusal or locating the sign in a different place if there are safety or visibility concerns, etc.
  5. Can my sign remain up right until December 31, 2021?
    Yes, Council has removed the term limit for temporary signs to help businesses through the impacts of COVID-19.
  6. Are these opportunities open to non-profit businesses?
    Yes, and Council has also approved additional locations on Main Street, Veterans Boulevard and Yankee Valley Boulevard for non-profit signs. There remains no charge, but a request for the location and timing must be made to Planning.
  7. Will my sign be removed if I put it in the right location?
    The Planning Department typically advises of non-compliance with the Land Use Bylaw or approved sign location prior to any enforcement action.
  8. Can my sign be appealed?
    In most circumstances, these types of temporary signs cannot be appealed. However, in some circumstances, a 21-day appeal period may apply. The Planning Department will advise you as part of the application review process if there will be an appeal period.

Portable and A-Frame signs

A portable sign is a sign that is mounted on a trailer or some other structure that allows the sign to be moved from site to site. The sign is used to display the announcement of special events, sales, or circumstances where a sign is needed for short specified time periods.

An A-Frame sign is a self-supporting local advertising sign, typically A-shaped, which is set on the ground and may or may not have an external supporting structure.

Do I need a permit?

Yes. Portable and A-Frame signs require a valid Development Permit to be approved prior to placing the sign. 

How do I apply?

Complete a portable sign application and include with it:

  • All dimensions of the sign, including height of the sign and the sign structure
  • Area and design of copy
  • Type of construction and finishing to be utilized
  • Method of support
  • Details of sign illumination and/or digital media
  • For a sign containing digital media, the permit must include the name and contact information of a person(s) having access to the technology controls for the sign, who can be contacted 24 hours a day if the sign malfunctions.
  • Site plan showing sign location in relation to property boundaries and buildings
  • Fees required for the permit
  • Land owner authorization if applicable
  • Additional information, such as photos, as necessary
A sign permit is automatically void if construction of the sign has not commenced within one year from the date of issuance of the permit.


  • To view regulations for Portable Signs, please click here.
  • To view regulations for A-Frame Signs, please click here.

Regulations for not-for-profit groups

  • No more than two portable signs will be allowed in the west not-for-profit portable sign corridor and three portable signs will be allowed in the east not-for-profit portable sign corridor
  • No period of vacancy is required for portable sign permits approved in not-for-profit portable sign corridors
  • Portable signs located in a not-for-profit portable sign corridor must be separated by a minimum distance of 30 metres
  • Sign permits issued for portable signs in the not-for-profit sign corridor are valid for a maximum of 14 days

Election signs

Election signs may be placed for longer than the 14 day regulation, prior to the election date. This exception is for election signs only.

Accommodating temporary election signs supports a democratic election process. Election signs must be removed no later than 36 hours after the polls close.

Signs should be placed in areas in such a way they do not create a traffic hazard.


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