City of Ottawa seeking input on permanent signs by-law


Residents are invited to provide input on a City of Ottawa discussion paper regarding changes to the by-law that regulates permanent signs on private property.


These signs identify buildings or properties, provide information about what businesses or services are available at particular locations, advertise goods or services or provide directional information.


The review will ensure the by-law accounts for emerging technologies and trends, and that signs meet three key objectives:


  • Public safety: The design, location, maintenance and operation of signs should not pose a safety hazard for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Good design and fit: Signs should be compatible with their surroundings, reflect the City’s overall planning and design objectives and contribute positively to a liveable built environment.
  • Economic development: Signs should contribute to the economic well-being of businesses and communities and assist with wayfinding.


Visit to read the paper and to submit your feedback until Wednesday, January 13, 2016. Proposed recommendations for changes to the by-law will be circulated in February 2016. Committee and Council will consider a report and new by-law in June 2016.

OttawaStart Staff


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