The City of Pickering has initiated a review of the Sign By-law 6999/09.

The purpose of this review is to:

  • reduce the number of repetitive variance applications;
  • respond to common issues;
  • provide clarification for enforcement of the Sign By-law;
  • ensure consistency with the Region of Durham’s Sign By-law; and,
  • respond to current trends.

Current Sign By-law

The current Sign By-law 6999/09, as amended, was passed by Council on November 16, 2009.

The objectives of the Sign By-law are:

  • Reasonable means should be available to the public to erect signs on property in order to identify facilities, businesses and services located thereon.
  • Signs should not create any distraction or safety hazard for pedestrians or motorists, or create any other danger to the public.
  • Signs should not create any adverse impacts on adjacent public or private property.
  • Signs should not detrimentally alter the physical appearance and architecture of any building.
  • Signs should not create unnecessary visual clutter due to their size, number or location.
  • Temporary signs should be strictly limited in order to limit the visual impact on the built environment and the consumption of resources.

Proposed New Sign By-law

Sign By-law Review Summary Document

Draft Sign By-law

Get Involved


Staff have released the Proposed New Sign By-law and are looking for your feedback. Please provide any comments or questions to Nilesh Surti via email (

Electronic Public Open House

The City hosted an Electronic Public Open House on December 8, 2020 to receive public input on the proposed New Sign By-law.


Nilesh Surti
Manager, Development Review & Urban Design
T: 905.420.4660 ext. 2035