Storefronts and Signs

Generally speaking, if your project affects the exterior of the property, it is subject to the Site Planning and Architectural Integration Program (SPAIP) by-law and must be approved by City Council. However, restoration work on the original architectural components and identical replacement work are excluded. Article 3.1.3 of SPAIP By-law 1305.

Process of an application subject to the SPAIP by-law

Required documents for review:

  • 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.

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.

Even if the permit has been authorized, it is not automatically issued. The permit must be paid for and certain documents must be submitted.

Information you need to send:

  • 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, …).