A permit is required to install many types of signs within the City of Port Colborne. You can view the Sign By-Law for specific requirements for a particular sign, and for signs exempt from requiring a permit. To apply for a permit you can submit the completed permit application and all required information to the Building Department at City Hall

Permit requirements

Below is the information required to submit for a permit. Two (2) copies of all drawings is required to submit for a permit.


The non-refundable Building Permit Application Fee is payable at time of permit application. This and other fees applicable to building permits can be found in ‘Schedule X' of the Rates and Fees By-law.


A building deposit will apply to all permits for a sign. The deposit amount is available in ‘Schedule X'. The deposit may be returned after the project has passed final inspection, and no damaged has occurred to City property.


After a building permit has been issued, inspections must be completed at various stages of construction. The owner is responsible for ensuring the inspections are booked. A minimum of two (2) days noticed is require to book a building inspection. The inspections will ensure the requirements set out in the Ontario Building Code, the Sign By-Law and other applicable regulations are met. Please refer to your building package for instructions on how your inspections are scheduled.