Fascia signs (Class B)
A fascia sign is attached to, or marked on a building’s exterior wall. It typically displays the name or logo of a business or building and does not project more than 0.4 metres from the building wall.
When is a permit required?
Fascia signs do not require a development permit when:
- fascia signs (Sign - Class B) are a permitted use in the land use district;
- the sign area is not larger than 1.5 square metres; and
- the sign meets all applicable rules
Additionally, a development permit is not required to:
- maintain or repair a legally existing sign
- change or reduce the copy area of a legally existing sign
In a case where a new fascia sign does not meet all applicable rules, a permit application may be considered with a relaxation to the rules. The process and fees are different in this case. Please view ‘How to apply’ to see the fees for an application with relaxations.
How to apply
Step 1: Review the checklist and sign rules.
Step 2: Prepare your application
- Complete the checklist
- Review your fees
|Planning Approval - Development Permit (prior to construction)|
|Planning Approval - Development Permit (prior to construction):
||Permit fee||Advertising fee||Development Completion Inspection||Total|
|Planning Approval - Development Permit (prior to construction): Permitted use (no relaxations)||$100||||||$100|
|Planning Approval - Development Permit (prior to construction): Discretionary use or relaxations required||$669||$32||$163||$864|
See the Planning Applications fee schedule for a complete list of planning application fees.
Step 3: Apply
The regulations and rules regarding signage are intended to balance the need for signage with safety and aesthetics. These rules apply to signs on private property and are found in their entirety in the Land Use Bylaw 1P2007.
Rules for all signs
- The sign position, shape, colour, format or illumination cannot resemble a traffic sign, signal or any other traffic control device.
- Lights cannot be like those associated with danger or used by emergency services.
- Trees or shrubs must not be removed or damaged to install a sign, make a sign more visible, maintain a sign, or to change the copy.
Signs in a residential area cannot be directly illuminated from a light source on the sign itself; however, they can be illuminated indirectly, such as a by a light shining on the sign. The light must not encroach onto adjacent spaces.
Rules for fascia signs
There is a designated area on a building where a fascia sign can be located. The regulations depend on the sign’s location on a building and the height of the building.
- No part of a sign can project beyond the shaded area
- The sign can cover a part of the window if it is 2.4 metres above grade
- A sign may be permitted under 2.4 metres if:
- It consists of individual letters, symbols, or logos that are directly attached to the building
- Any portion of the sign below the designated area does not exceed 30 per cent of the wall area
- The copy area is under 9.3 square metres
- A sign may be permitted above the second storey if:
- It consists of individual letters, symbols, or logos directly attached to the building
- There is only one sign per building face above the second storey
- The sign area does not exceed 2.5 per cent of the total area formed by multiplying the clearance of the sign from grade by the width of the building (see image)
- No maximum sign area within the designated area
- No restrictions on the number of signs
- Can have multiple primary building walls
- Secondary building walls are any walls that are not primary building walls
- Maximum sign-able area is 30 per cent
- May be illuminated
- The sign must be indirectly illuminated if facing a park or adjacent property designated as residential
Development completion inspection
All discretionary signs and signs that require a relaxation of the Land Use Bylaw will need a development completion inspection to ensure the sign was installed in the correct location, and meets conditions of approval.
Development completion inspections can be booked through the Planning Services Centre.
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