Ottawa Sign Permits: Costs, Forms, Timelines & Process
A comprehensive guide to applying for City of Ottawa Sign Permits
Need a new sign for your business but don’t know where to start? Reaching out to Sign Art Studio is a great first step. We can offer guidance about whether a permit is required, some of the key factors and requirements, and how to apply.
And if you would like to have the peace of mind without the hassle, Sign Art Studio can take care of the whole process, from preparing the technical drawings, filling out the application, paying the fee, submitting the application, and liaising with the City and clarifying any technical questions they may have.
Before you install a permanent storefront sign in Ottawa, you may need to secure a permit. This ensures you meet the visual, safety, size and installation requirements.
Obtaining a sign permit in Ottawa is fairly a straightforward process and Sign Art Studio has put together this informative guide to answer all your questions and links to required documents.*
4) What are the Ottawa sign permit application fees?
The City of Ottawa has a range of sign permit fees depending on the application. You can view the full list 2021 fees here.
The most common sign fees include:
Permanent Sign Permit ($392)
If you submit through e-portal fee is $349
Digital Menu Board with Changing Menus ($456)
Bed and Breakfast ($218)
Home-based business ($218)
Static Billboard ($2187)
Digital Billboard ($2899)
Directional Development Sign ($392)
Home Builder Way-Finding Sign Permit ($1305)
Note: These fees change each year, the fees listed above are for 2021.
5) How long will it take to get a sign permit?
The timelines for getting approval of your sign permit application will depend on the scope of the project, the quality of the submission / technical drawings, whether the City needs to seek additional information or clarification, and potential processing delays related with high demand and/or COVID closures. However, the typical turnaround time for sign permit approval is 2 weeks – 1 month.
6) Ottawa Sign Permit Application Forms
The City of Ottawa has two Sign Permit forms that must be filled out.
This form requires details on the sign use, type, illumination and dimensions.
City of Ottawa Sign Permit Office Hours and Contact Info:
If you have further questions on the City of Ottawa’s sign permit process or wish to submit an application in person, you reach the city here:
City of Ottawa Addressing & Signs – 613-580-2424, ext. 41162, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I get a new permanent storefront sign?
If you are looking at getting a new sign, contact Sign Art Studio. We would be happy to discuss your signage needs, walk you through the process, and provide you with a quote. Simply submit a request using the form below and will be in touch as soon as possible.