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Beware of the Municipal Licensing and Standards Inspector

from Board Member Jason Kaye

Attention CCA members located in the City of Toronto: I recently had a visit from an agent from the Investigation Services, Municipal Licensing and Standards branch. Car washes are on their hit list. Specifically, they are inspecting signage on your property to see if it conforms to the new sign by-law. Municipal Code Chapter 693 regulates the size, location, permit requirements and fees for temporary signs for public and private property. No signs are grand-fathered.

For over 55 years, we have had a series of “A” frame signs down our driveway directing and instructing customers. I was told that I was only allowed one sign on the property and that I would need to get a permit. I was given 48 hours to obtain a permit or remove and destroy all the signs. I just had new signs installed two months ago. That fact was of no interest to the Agent.

The maximum dimension for an “A” frame sign are as follows: Height from the ground - one metre or 39.37 inches, Width - 0.6 metre or 23.6 inches, Breadth - 0.75 metre or 29.5 inches. The sign must also be removed from the exterior of the building during hours that you are not open.

Do your homework before the Agent pays you a visit.

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