Building Services issue sign permits to those looking to install or replace a ground, wall, projecting or mobile sign.

For more information about sign compliance, view our Sign By-law

When you do not need a sign permit

You do not need a sign permit if you are installing:

  • Election signs
  • Contractor signs
  • Sandwich board signs
  • Private warning signs
  • Identification or directional signs

If you have any questions on sign permit requirements, we would be happy to help you. Just call 519-832-2008 x118 to reach Building Services.

How to apply for a sign permit

The Town is pleased to offer residents, builders, and the business community an online application system to apply for and track your building permits.

The online building permit system allows you to apply for and to see the status of your application anywhere, at any time. You can start an application and finish it later, and receive email updates on the status of your permit application. You can even request building inspections!

Apply for a sign permit

Need help getting started with Cloudpermit?  A step-by-step guide to help you from login, to submitting your first application is available.

Guide to Cloudpermit

If you are having difficulty using Cloudpermit, please contact the Building Department for assistance at or 519-832-2008 ext. 118. You can also access support through Cloudpermit's online portal.

Cloudpermit Support

Sign permit fees

  • Ground, Fascia or Projecting Sign: $77.44
  • Awnings and Marquees: $83.75

You may qualify for a sign permit fee reduction if the land is located within downtown Port Elgin or downtown Southampton. Fees in these areas are 50 per cent of the required fee.

View our list of permit fees for more information. View our methods of payment accepted.

How to apply for a sign variance

If the Sign By-law does not allow for the sign you want, you can apply for a sign variance. Our Committee of Adjustment considers and approves sign variance requests.