Arrondissement de Saint-Laurent

A citizen wants to install an exterior commercial sign promoting her daycare centre. The Borough issues an Authorization Certificate (Certificat d’autorisation), but not for the requested location.

The citizen claims that installing the sign at the location required by the Borough (on a lateral wall at the back of a yard) does not make it visible from the street. Our enquiry confirms this. We intervene in order to find a solution.

The applicable regulation provides that a sign must be installed on the façade of a building. The Borough recognizes that the lateral wall at the back of a yard is a façade within the meaning of the regulation.

The regulation provides that businesses whose storefront is not on a street can install a sign by the main entrance. In view of this building’s configuration, this option is, however, not feasible. We explore other alternatives with the Borough.

A location is finally identified that is satisfactory to the citizen, the building owner and the Borough. The citizen obtains her Permit as well as information on the material and other requirements needed for making the sign.

The Borough acknowledges that the actual rules are complex and hard to enforce at times: it plans on reviewing them.

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