Sign Permits

Anyone intending to place a sign on the exterior of any building or structure, or on any property in the City, must make an application and obtain approval from the Planning and Development Department for a Sign Permit, prior to installation. The majority of new exterior signs or sign alterations require a permit to be issued prior to installation.  This requirement applies to both permanent and time-limited signs.  If you are unsure whether your proposed sign requires a permit, please contact us  by email: or phone: 604-927-3430

Applications for sign permits are reviewed for compliance with the City's Sign Bylaw.

Comprehensive Sign Plans

A Comprehensive Sign Plan may pertain to a lot where there are multiple tenancies, such as a shopping centre, or where there are joint sign applications for adjoining lots on one side of a street. Under a Comprehensive Sign Plan, a Sign Coordinator is appointed in writing by the owner of the lots, and/or businesses involved with the Comprehensive Sign Plan. The Sign Coordinator has jurisdiction over and approves the proposed signs.  The Sign Coordinator's Approval Form should be submitted along with a Sign Permit application.

Quick Links
Development Application Signs
Sign Bylaw No. 3873, 2008
Sign Permit Fee Schedule
Starting a New Business Brochure
Guidelines for Community Sign Placement and Postering 

Planning & Development Department

Phone: 604-927-3430

Note: This webpage is provided only as a guide for public use and convenience. Changes to the information outlined may be made where circumstances warrant. Please consult the City's bylaws and other documents including the Community Charter, Local Government Act, and Land Title Act.