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 with the text "Example of a mobile sign"

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:, 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

Application Fee

​Permit Type


​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.