Vancouver, Canada - February 18, 2010: Granville street entertainment district at night during the Winter Olympics

Updates are coming for the Sign Bylaw

Sign types

Get familiar with the different sign types in the Sign Bylaw.

The Sign Bylaw was first adopted in 1989 and since then, our city has grown and technology has advanced.

A review is now underway to update and modernize our Sign Bylaw, and we’re looking for your input.

Regulations for signage support businesses, set standards, protect the character of an area, and enhance the look and feel of the neighbourhoods.

The Sign Bylaw review will update the regulations, policies, and processes to:

  • Reflect best practices
  • Introduce new types of signs
  • Help ensure good signage
  • Make it easier for businesses and stakeholders to understand and work within the rules

What does the Sign Bylaw do?

  • Applies primarily to signs that businesses use to identify themselves on private property.
  • Provides size, shape, height, and placement regulations for over 20 different sign types.
  • Regulates signs in different areas of the city; 
    • More prominent signage is generally permitted in the downtown core and local commercial areas
    • Signs in residential areas are the most restricted.
  • Regulates signs in five different districts including the Chinatown and Gastown historic districts, the West End, Granville Street, International Village, and Rogers Arena.
  • Does not apply to signs on streets and sidewalks, parks, provincial or federal lands or signs that are not visible from the street.

The online questionare is now completed

Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts on signs in Vancouver!  We are currently analyzing the feedback will received and preparing a summary. Your feedback will help inform updates to the City's Sign Bylaw.


The review of signs and advertising l will take place in two phases:

  1. Phase 1 will focus on the review of the Sign Bylaw which primarily regulates business identification signs on private property
  2. Phase 2 will focus on advertising signs in public spaces, streets, and parks. This will help us develop a strategy for billboards, digital and transit shelter ads, as well as other advertising signs.
  • Summer 2016

    Phase 1:
    Sign Bylaw review


    Public consultation

    • Online questionnaire
  • We are here
  • Fall 2016

    Public consultation

    • Stakeholder meetings

    Bylaw review and revision

    Review and refine proposed changes to Sign Bylaw and draft summary of values.

  • Winter 2016


    Updated Sign Bylaw and report out on values to Council.

  • Fall 2016 -

    Phase 2:
    Advertising and digital signage

    Review role of advertising and signage throughout the city, including billboards, transit shelters, and sponsorship.

Sign types