Sign permit

All signs on private property in Vancouver require sign permits except:

  • Signs containing only the building number and street name
  • Signs located within a building, if the sign cannot be seen from the street; however, these signs may require a building permit and an electrical permit if they are lit
  • Signs related to traffic, parking, directions, and bus shelters if those signs are authorized by the City Engineer

A permit is required for any sign type described in the definitions section of the Sign Bylaw. If a sign type is not described in the Sign Bylaw, it is not allowed. Depending on the type of sign, additional signs may be required, including an awning permit or building permit. For more information, read the Sign Bylaw or contact the Development and Building Services Centre (contact information is at the bottom of this page).

If the property is on the Vancouver Heritage Register, a heritage alteration permit is also needed. You can apply for that permit at the same time as the sign permit.

Requirements

To apply for a sign permit, submit the following:

The application form must be completed in full, with attached documentaton, at the time of submitting a permit application.

Process

Register for an online account and submit your application.

Applications may also be submitted to the Development and Building Services Centre (contact information is at the bottom of this page).

Fees

The standard Sign Permit application fee is $294. Additional fees apply to signs that require electrical connections, a relaxation, or a billboard. For more information, consult the Sign Fee Bylaw.

Fees are due at the time of permit application. If you are applying by mail or courier, include a cheque payable to the City of Vancouver. If you are applying in person, you can pay by cheque or credit card.

If a sign is installed without a permit, the penalty is equal to double the applicable permit fee. For instance, the penalty for a standard non-illuminated sign is: $294 x 2 = $588.

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre about building and zoning

Phone
604-873-7611

Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
Ground floor
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday
8:30am to 4:00pm

Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon