All signage visible from the highways of Prince Edward Island is regulated according to the Highway Signage Act and Regulations. You must apply for a permit to place a sign for any and every business operating at all civic address locations.
As per section1 (d) of the Highway Signage Act’s Regulations:
(d) “on-premises sign” means a sign that contains one or more advertisements that direct attention to a business, commodity, service, industry or other activity that is sold, offered or conducted on the property on which the sign is erected, displayed, maintained or placed:”
Where can this type of sign be located?
All on-premises signs must be located on the property where your business operates. The location on the property will determine the size of the sign permitted. Signs cannot be placed in any public right of way.
Are there size limitations?
As per section 3.(5) of the Highway Signage Act’s Regulations:
3.5 (1) No person shall erect, display, maintain or place, within view of a highway a free standing sign that
- (a) exceeds 8 metres (26.25 feet) in height above the main grade of the ground in which it is placed; or
- (b) has a surface area, excluding supports, that exceeds
- 3 square metres (32.3 square feet), if the sign is located at the boundary of the property and a highway or
- the sum of
- 3 square metres (32.3 square feet), and
- 1 square metre (10.7 square feet), for each linear metre that the sign is set back from the nearest boundary of the property and a highway, up to a maximum of 14 square metres (150.64 square feet), if the sign is not located at the boundary of the property and a highway.
What is the permit cost?
A one-time permit fee is $25 plus HST.
How do I apply for an On-Premises Sign Permit?
Submit your application along with a drawing of your proposed sign and payment, including HST. Please allow one to two weeks for processing.
Have questions or need assistance?
PO Box 2000, Charlottetown PE C1A 7N8