Storefronts and Signs

Required documents for review:
Mandatory documents are marked by an asterisk (*)

  • *A letter from the building owner authorizing the permit application, if the request is made by a third party;
  • *A letter describing the scope of the proposed work;
  • A letter from the association of co-owners authorizing the proposed modification;
  • *Clear and colour photographs of the existing property, as well as a street view showing the adjacent properties;
  • *Shop drawings to scale of each proposed sign showing dimensions, lettering, colours, materials, method of support, lighting strategy, and their location;
  • A detailed cost estimate, excluding taxes, provided by a contractor or professional.

The following documents might also be required:

  • A copy of a recent certificate of location, showing the current conditions of the property, if the proposed signs are free-standing (anchored to the ground) or projecting over City land;
  • A complete set of drawings, folded to 8,5” x 14” format, if needed;
  • A digital copy in PDF format of the drawings listed above.

Comprehensive signage strategy: In order to ensure that the signage of multiple commercial establishments occupying the same building adhere to an overall design concept, the building owner or their representative, must prepare a comprehensive signage strategy that describes the signage plan and guidelines for the building as a whole that each individual establishment must follow.

  • A comprehensive signage strategy must be submitted to the City as a separate application and must be approved by the Planning Advisory Committee before any individual application can be considered.
  • In case of a sign application being submitted for an establishment located within a building having multiple commercial occupants, a letter from the building owner confirming that the proposed signs conform to the signage strategy is required.

This list is a summary. Please note that additional documents or information may be required in order to provide a better understanding of the project and contribute to the request process. (By-Law #1300, article 65, point 14o)

Once you have gathered all the information you can open your file at the Urban Planning Counter in City Hall or open an online application.

  • *The fee for the document analysis is 55$; the cost of the permit is separate.
  • The cost of the permit is a fixed fee per sign. (see tarifs)
  • All files must be analyzed by the Urban Planning Department before they are referred to the Planning Advisory Committee and City Council.
  • The applicant will receive a follow-up via email.
  • Your permit will be issued at City hall or sent by email.

  • Information you need to bring:
  • A detailed construction cost, excluding taxes, as provided by the general contractor (tariffs By-law).
  • All other documentation requested that needs to be deposited prior to the issuance of a permit (ex. RBQ form, a site management document, asbestos report, sidewalk deposit, …).

Applies to all exterior changes to a building or property.

Need help with applying for a permit online? Here is a step-by-step guide