First Party Sidewalk Signs - also known as A-frame, T-frame, or sandwich boards - are permitted on City and private property in various zones and situations. There is no cost to register or display these signs so long as they meet the criteria outlined in the Sign By-law, summarized below. Where there are questions or discrepancies, defer to the Sign By-law or contact City Staff for more information.
What is a First Party Sidewalk Sign?
A "sidewalk sign" means a temporary sign, not anchored to the ground, and constructed in a manner and of such materials that it can be easily moved by a person, without tools. The information here pertains to all forms of first party sidewalk signs under 0.66m in area.
"first party", in reference to a sign, means a sign that identifies or promotes a product or service provided on the same property as the sign.
Private or City Property?
There are two main types of sidewalk signs, differentiated on their location:
- Sidewalk signs on private property, and;
- Sidewalk signs on City property (also called public property or the public road allowance).
Determining which type sidewalk sign you have is important, as only sidewalk signs on City property need to be registered.
It is also important to know if the building your business occupies is set back from the front property line one (1.0) metre or more. If it is you are not permitted to place a sidewalk sign on City property: It must stay on private property.
Use the frequently asked questions (FAQ) below to ensure your temporary first party sidewalk sign is displayed properly and registered, if necessary. Contact City staff if you have any further questions after reading the information below.