Sign Enforcement and Mobile Sign Permits
About the by-law
The Sign By-law outlines rules around the use of signs for the benefit of community appearance and the safety of residents. Signs must comply with the Sign By-law, and in some cases require a City-issued permit. For Mobile Signs, see application details below; for other types of signs, see the Building Standards page for application instructions.
Mobile Sign permits
This permit is required in order to display a Mobile Sign in the City of Vaughan.
Mobile Sign permit applications now streamlined
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, relief efforts were put in to place to assist local businesses, including changes to mobile sign permit regulations. These changes remain in effect until further notice and include:
- Up to two mobile signs will be permitted on eligible property as long as there is a minimum distance of 30 metres (approximately 100 ft) between such signs, provided that the property does not directly abut a residentially zoned property.
- No limit be placed on the number of permits that may be obtained by any one business.
- No black-out period be imposed between permits, with permits continuing to be for 21 days, and each permit requiring a separate application and fee.
- To expedite the issuance process, submission of zoning clearances and site drawings is not required.
- The Director and Chief Licensing Officer is authorized to refuse mobile sign permit applications.
How to submit your application
Applicants have several options for submitting the Mobile Sign Permit application; if by mail or email, after the form below has been submitted, applicants must contact By-law & Compliance, Licensing & Permit Services at 905-832-2281 to make payment by credit or debit card. Applicants can submit their applications:
1. In person or by mail to:
By-Law and Compliance, Licensing & Permit Services
Vaughan City Hall, Level 100
2141 Major Mackenzie Dr.
Vaughan, ON L6A 1T1
2. By e-mail to:
MobileSignPermits@vaughan.ca, along with scanned copies of required documentation.
To apply for a Mobile Sign Permit, a Mobile Sign Company is required to have a business licence which is valid until after the end-date of the Mobile Sign Permit; i.e., if the Mobile Sign Permit expires on June 1, 2022, the Mobile Sign Company must have a valid business licence which goes until at least June 2, 2022.
Mobile Sign Permit Application
Mobile Sign Permit
The following are key points with respect to enforcement; see the Sign By-law for more information.
- Sign investigations ensure all signs have the required permits and meet the regulations including, colour, location, etc.
- When a sign is installed without a permit, it may be removed immediately, without notice, if located in any way on property owned by/under the jurisdiction of the City of Vaughan.
- The City may issue a letter to remove a sign installed on other properties without a permit.
- If the City needs to remove a sign, operational costs may be at the owner’s expense.