A sign permit is required for the construction or installation of any new sign, or the alteration or replacement of an existing sign. Examples of signs that require permits are free-standing, fascia, and awning signs, to name a few. There are also signs types that are not permitted in Central Saanich such as, animated, rotating or wall signs.
Permits are not required for
- Unlighted real estate signs
- Temporary construction signage
- “Entrance” or “Exit” signs
- Windows signs (up to 15% of window area)
- Sandwich signs
While the signs above may not require a permit, there are still regulations that need to be complied with, such as permitted sign locations and size. Please review the sign bylaw sections 61 and 62 for specific sign prohibitions and signs permitted without permits.
- Complete the sign permit application
- Submit your application to the Building Department, along with all relevant drawings (site plan, elevations, sign size, details, etc.)
- Confirm the property zoning, on the District zoning map or checking with Planning Department staff
- Refer to the Land Use Bylaw (sign regulations in section 63) to determine what type of signs are permitted, based on the particular zoning
- Complete a sign permit application form
- Submit application to Planning and Building Services, along with all relevant drawings (site plan, elevations, sign size, details, etc.)
- A development permit is often required for a new sign, so it is best to refer to the design guidelines (pg. 2 of the sign application form) to ensure you are meeting the intent of the Official Community Plan. If the sign is for a new building, the development permit issued prior to the building construction may include the design for any new signs. Please check with the building owner, or with Planning Staff for details. The Development Permit fee will be required at time of application. Planning Department staff will need to prepare a report for Council, so this type of permit could take a month or two to issue, as long as Council authorizes the permit.
When a sign permit application has been reviewed and is ready for issuance, you will be advised and the sign fee payment is required.
(less than 32 ft²)
(greater than 32 ft²)
|Development Permit (if applicable for new sign)||$300|
|Development Permit with Variance (if applicable for new sign)||$890|
A fascia sign is typically mounted on the eaves or overhang of a building, however, the sign itself cannot project more than 0.15m (6”) from the face that it is attached to. The sign must not exceed 0.6m (24”) in vertical dimension if the message is displayed horizontally. The length could be up to the full length of the building, facing the parking or street frontage only.