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Tillsonburg supports business recovery efforts

Posted on Friday May 15, 2020

The Town of Tillsonburg has amended Sign By-Law 3798 to allow retailers and other businesses to do more outdoor advertising in the coming months.

At their May 11 meeting, Council approved a number of measures designed to assist businesses struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The coronavirus has been hard on everyone, but especially our small businesses,” says Mayor Stephen Molnar. “As the provincial economy begins to slowly open up, we know businesses will need help getting their message out. Changing some of our rules regarding signage is one way we can support them through this time.” 

Molnar also thanked the Tillsonburg Business Improvement Area for their input on the issue.

Mobile signs

Under the amended sign by-law, mobile signs will no longer be limited to 180 days at a time, and the $30.00 per month fee will be waived for the remainder of 2020. Sign permits will be valid until May 15, 2021. 

“Businesses will still need to complete a sign permit application so we can ensure safe and appropriate placement of the sign on the property,” says Chief Building Official Geno Vanhaelewyn.

Banner signs 

The amended by-law also allows a business to display a temporary banner sign between May 15, 2020 and December 31, 2020. 

“A sign permit application is not required for banners, but businesses who want to install one should review the by-law carefully to make sure the size, content, placement and anchorage is correct,” says Vanhaelewyn.

Anyone with questions about signage should contact By-Law Services at or call 519.688.3009 ext 4600.