Businesses advertising by on-site permanent signage in HRM are required to first obtain a permit. In obtaining a permit, details of the proposed signage are required. Permanent signs can include projecting signs, fascia signs, window signs, and canopy and awning signs. Additional approvals may be required for registered heritage buildings and for signs that project into the street.
What do I need to apply for permanent signage?
You'll need to provide the following documents when you apply for a permanent commercial sign:
- Three (3) colour copies that contain the dimensions and specifications of the sign.
- Dimensions of the building wall for fascia sign applications.
- Window dimensions for signs attached to windows.
- Dimensions of the canopy/awning and length of the text for canopy/awning (if applicable).
Depending on the location of the permanent sign, other applications may be required such as:
- Encroachment license, and/or
- Certificate of appropriateness
- Non-substantive site plan approval application
For more detailed information and FAQs, refer to the Permanent Signage Brochure (PDF).