Local businesses are important to Oakville’s economy and contribute to the town’s vibrant communities. Through the use of signs, local businesses can promote the goods and services they provide to generate business, create brand recognition within the community, and communicate broadly with the public.
Sign by-law 2018-153 (as amended) provides regulations of various sign types including elections signs, mobile signs, fascia signs and advertising signs.
Sign regulations will differ depending on the location of the property where the sign will be placed and are sectioned into "designations" or types of land uses. To find out what designation your property is classified as please search your address in the Interactive Map of Land Use.
Complete a sign permit application online.
For event signs, please submit an event application form.
Please note that installing a sign in the Town of Oakville without a valid permit is a violation of the town’s by-laws and can result in the sign being removed and/or charges laid.
The accordion below contains photographs of various sign types that are defined and regulated in the sign by-law as well as guidelines for election signs to help you navigate what types of signs, sizes and placements are allowed under the Sign By-law.
a single-sided sign painted on, or otherwise affixed to, the surface of an awning and such sign does not project off or out from the awning in any direction.
A Static Electronic Message Board does not contain copy that is full motion video or otherwise gives the appearance of animation or movement and does not display third-party advertising. This does not include a Drive-Through Menu Board Sign and Drive-Through Pre-Sales Menu Board Sign.
a temporary double-or single-faced sign that promotes a private special occasion and does not contain a commercial message nor direct persons to a commercial enterprise.
a temporary, double-faced A-frame sign displayed on town property that directs attention to the sale of new dwelling units.
a temporary double-or single-faced sign that is inserted into a fixed frame attached to a freestanding light pole located within a surface parking area, and includes Banner Sign, Light Pole. (Definition 79 in the by-law).
a temporary sign in which any portion of the sign face area mechanically or by wind power rotates or revolves.
a temporary single-faced sign erected, painted, attached, etched, or inscribed onto the inside or outside of any part of a window in a building wall, but excludes the window frame.
This definition also means a sign located within or in place of the glass of a window or any sign erected or displayed within 1.0 m of the window in a manner that the sign faces are intended to be viewed from outside the building, but excludes a sign that forms an integral part of a designed window display.Does not include ‘open/closed’ sign with a maximum sign face area of 0.3 square metres.
For more information on a municipal election, visit the Oakville Elections page.
Candidates and their agents are responsible for following the requirements of the Sign By-law. Here are some things you need to know:
For more details on regulations governing election signs please refer to Sign By-law 2018-153, Part 10.
For further information relating to election signs or enforcement of election signs please contact Service Oakville at 905-845-6601.