Under the Sign Bylaw, all billboards in Vancouver require permits.
If you want to light your billboard, you will also need an electrical permit. You can apply for the electrical permit at the same time as the awning permit.
To apply, you need to submit:
- A completed application form
- Two (2) sets of drawings, to scale
The information sheet has the specific requirements for these drawings.
We may require additional information if you are applying for a permit for these types of signs:
- All free-standing signs
- All signs weighing more than 200 lbs (91 kg) including the combined weight of the channel letters
- Any other signs where City staff are concerned with the structural integrity of the sign
Process and timeline
You can submit your application and supporting documents by mail or courier, or in person.
If your application is complete and falls within the requirements of the bylaw, your permit will be issued once all of the documents are reviewed. That usually takes about a week.