Business By-laws

Temporary Signs

Temporary signs include portable signs, sidewalk signs and new home development signs. 

Complete the Temporary Sign application form (PDF, 82 KB) and submit in person or by fax to:

One Stop for Business, Licensing Counter
City Hall
71 Main Street West, 1st Floor, Hamilton, Ontario
Fax: 905-546-2139

Refer to the Business Licence Reference Guide (PDF, 1 MB) to determine the temporary sign application fee. You can pay by cash, cheque (payable to the City of Hamilton) or credit card.

Temporary sign requirements

Temporary signs must:

  • Be a maximum size of 2.2 metres squared for each sign surface
  • Be 15 metres from an intersection, 3 metres from a driveway line, 1.5 metres from a street line and have a 10 metre separation distance if they are on private property
  • Advertise an activity, product or service available on that property
  • Permit period 1 year however, the content of the sign can be changed throughout the year as long as the size and location remain the same.