Business By-laws

Ground Signs

A ground sign is a sign that is free standing and is supported by a structure secured to the ground. This structure is not supported by any building or other structure and does not have a billboard.

Complete the Ground Sign application form (PDF, 72 KB).Ensure to include property address, owner/applicant and designer information.

You must also submit two copies of the following drawings:

  • Mechanical, structural or electrical plans or data
  • Plot plan, survey or site plan

Submit your application and drawings in person to:

Building Division
City Hall
71 Main Street West, 3rd Floor
Hamilton, Ontario

Fee: Sign Permit fees must be paid in full at the time of the application. You can pay by cash, cheque (payable to the City of Hamilton), debit or credit card.

Ground sign requirements

A ground sign must:

  • Must have the municipal address of the property displayed on the sign
  • May have 50% of the sign as a read-o-graph or electronic message display
  • Electronic message display must hold for at least three seconds
  • Should be set back from the property line to about 75% of the height of the sign
  • Must have a 200 metre separation from another ground sign on the same property
  • Maximum sign area is 0.3 times the frontage to a maximum area of 18 m2

Maximum height for ground signs:

  • 3.5 metres if under 4 m2
  • 6 metres if greater than 4 m2 and less than 6 m2
  • 7.5 metres if greater than 6 m2

Ground sign restrictions

Ground signs are not permitted in the following places or areas due to zoning and restrictions:

  • Single detached dwelling
  • Semi-detached dwelling
  • Duplex
  • Triplex
  • Fourplex or quadruplex
  • Street townhouse
  • Mobile home
  • Residential care facility with six or less residents
  • Lodging house with six or less residents
  • Retirement home with six or less residents
  • Emergency shelter with six or less residents