Sign regulations under the Land Use Bylaw apply to all new and existing signs. To erect, place, alter, expand, relocate, or replace any sign, the sign regulations must be met, and a signage permit obtained from the Development Officer unless the sign is otherwise permitted without requiring a signage permit.

Signs that do no require a development permit (but must meet the by-law regulations) include:

  • Signs identifying the name and address of a resident
  • No Trespassing signs
  • Signs denoting on-site traffic, movement, parking, or other signs denoting the direction or function of various parts of a building or premises.
  • Signs erected by a government body, or under the direction of such a body
  • Any pennant or insignia of any government or of any  religious, charitable, or fraternal organization
  • Signs incidental to residential construction
  • Real estate signs such as “for sale” or “for rent”
  • Memorial signs, heritage signs, commemorative plaques or tablets
  • Sandwich board signs

For full details of signs not requiring a development permit please refer to section 4.8 of the Land Use By-law.

Signs not listed above are required to have a signage permit. You can review details of the signs which are permitted in your zone in the Signage Section of the Land Use By-law.  Please contact the Planning & Development Department (1-866 -758-2299) to arrange a meeting with the Development Officer to discuss the details of your sign and to apply for a development permit.

Signs which constitute a traffic or health hazard, are attached to natural objects are prohibited.


  • Application fee: $50.00.
  • Site Plan which shows the location of the proposed sign in relation to property lines, buildings, curb and sidewalks, streets or travel ways, landscaped areas, parking, driveways, or other significant setbacks.
  • Elevation drawings of the sign, drawn to scale, showing the graphic design and construction materials and message on the proposed sign.
  • If applicable, approval from Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.
  • Duration of the sign placement.

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