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 By-law. If a sign type is not described in the Sign By-law, 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 By-law 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.
For more information please see the Sign By-law user guides.
To apply for a sign permit, submit a completed application form PDF file (1 MB).
The application form must be completed in full, with attached documentation, at the time of submitting a permit application.
Applications may also be submitted to the Development and Building Services Centre (contact information is at the bottom of this page).