Types of signs

Business signs

The Sign Bylaw primarily regulates the signs that businesses use to identify their location and services.

Advertising Signs

In addition, the bylaw regulates some advertising signs on private property.

Third-party advertising refers to signs that advertise or promote products or services that are not sold, produced, or provided on the premises or lot on which the sign is located. This includes paper billboards and some third-party advertising on digital signs.

Many of Vancouver's digital billboards are located on land that is not under our jurisdiction (e.g. BC Place, First Nations land near Burrard Bridge, Port of Vancouver).

New Signs

We are considering including and providing regulations for these new sign types in the updated Sign Bylaw.

Awning signs

Awning signs

Awning signs are painted on, attached to, or constructed on awnings. These signs are currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw.

Awning signs are painted on, attached to or constructed on awnings.

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Under awning signs

Under awning signs

Under-awning signs are suspended under awnings at right angles (perpendicular) to the building to which the awning is attached. These signs are currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw.

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Canopy signs

Canopy signs

Canopy signs are painted on, attached to or constructed on canopies. These signs are currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw.

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Under-canopy signs

Under-canopy signs

Under-canopy signs are suspended under canopies at right angles (perpendicular) to a building to which a canopy is attached. These signs are currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw.

Under canopy sign example

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Fascia signs

Fascia signs

Fascia signs are painted on, attached or constructed on a wall or a building face. These signs are currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw.

Fascia sign example

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Free standing signs

Free standing signs

Free standing signs are self-supporting signs anchored and/or attached to the ground. These signs are currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw.

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Mansard roof signs

Mansard roof signs

Mansard roof signs and painted on, attached to, or constructed on roof with four sloping sides, each of which becomes steeper halfway down. These signs are currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw.

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Marquee signs

Marquee signs

Marquee signs are painted on, attached to, or constructed on a marquee, a light detachable structure (similar to an awning) that projects over a building entrance and is supported from the ground. These signs are currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw.

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Manual changeable copy signs

Manual changeable copy signs

Manual changeable copy signs are signs on which letters and copy are added or removed by hand (not electronic). These signs are currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw.

Manual changeable copy sign example

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Moving signs

Moving signs

Moving signs have parts that rotate or revolve, or the entire sign may rotate or revolve. These signs are currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw.

 

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Projecting signs

Projecting signs

Projecting signs are attached to buildings and extend out more than 0.4 metres (1.3 feet). These signs are currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw.

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Automatic changeable copy signs

Automatic changeable copy signs

Automatic changeable copy signs, also known as electronic message signs, have  electronic displays of text only.  These signs are currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw.

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Sign in conjunction with a mural

Sign in conjunction with a mural

Signs in conjunction with murals use signs as an integral part of the design of the mural. These signs are currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw.

Photo by Ruth Hartnup

 

 

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Banner signs

Banner signs

Banner signs are made from nylon, vinyl, canvas, or other lightweight materials usually secured by frame, rod or high-tension cables. These signs are currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw.

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Directional signs

Directional signs

Directional signs are  smaller, free-standing signs that indicate the location of vehicle entrances and exits to a site. These signs are currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw.

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Election signs

Election signs

Election signs advertise candidates running for public office or political parties participating in an election. These signs are currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw.

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Hoarding signs

Hoarding signs

Hoarding signs are Painted on or attached to any construction hoarding. These signs are currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw.

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Real estate signs

Real estate signs

Real estate signs advertise the lease or sale of a property or directions to an open house. These signs are currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw.

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Electronic static

Electronic static

Electronic static signs are window signs with electronic copy that display images or text that do not move.  These signs are not currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw, and will be addressed in the update.

Electronic static sign example

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Electronic video

Electronic video

Electronic static signs are window signs that display video, moving images, static images or text. These signs are not currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw, and will be addressed in the update.

Electronic static sign example

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Window signs

Window signs

Window signs are signs that are etched, painted, attached to or displayed in or on a transparent glass window in a building. These signs are not currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw, and will be addressed in the update.

 

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Projected image signs

Projected image signs

Projected image signs are temporary static images that are projected onto a building or surface from an external light source. These signs are not currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw, and will be addressed in the update.

Electronic static sign example

Photo by Robin Zebrowski

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Mural acknowledgement signs

Mural acknowledgement signs

Mural acknowledgement signs are small signs on murals that identify artists, owners or mural sponsors and may provide information about the image depicted. These signs are not currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw, and will be addressed in the update.

Electronic static sign example

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Temporary signs

Temporary signs

Temporary signs are not permanent and used temporarily for an occasion or event.  These signs are not currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw, and will be addressed in the update.

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Sandwich board signs

Sandwich board signs

Sandwich board signs are portable, self-supporting signs made up of two flat panels attached or hinged at one end. These signs are not currently regulated by the Sign Bylaw, and will be addressed in the update.

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Billboards

Billboards

Billboards are free-standing or wall-mounted signs that are larger than 17 m2 (180 ft2) displaying advertising for products or services that are not sold or produced where the sign is located (third-party advertising). Currently, the Sign Bylaw only allows for paper billboards. Phase 2 of this update project will address advertising signs.

Electronic static sign example

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Site-specific 3rd party digital advertising

Site-specific 3rd party digital advertising

Site-specific 3rd party digital advertising signs are allowed when they provide 5-10% advertising for civic, community, and non-profit events on certain sites. Phase 2 of this update project will address advertising signs.

Electronic static sign example

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Corporate sponsorship

Corporate sponsorship

Corporate sponsorship signs display the name of a corporate sponsor on civic-owned or leased facilities. Phase 2 of this update project will address advertising signs.

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