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Public invited to share views on billboards and electronic signage in the city

November 20 2019 –

Billboards, advertising signs, and electronic signage are the focus of the next phase of the City’s review of the Sign By-law, which regulates signs in the city. 

As Vancouver has grown as a city, signs and technology have been changing and advancing as well. Because signage plays a prominent role on our streets, landscapes, and buildings, the City is looking for public input on signs.  

Open houses

Upcoming open houses will provide an opportunity for everyone to learn more, ask questions, and share their views on these types of signs and how they fit in Vancouver. 

Saturday, November 23, 11am to 2pm 
CityLab, 511 West Broadway 

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Wednesday, November 27, 4pm to 7 pm
CityLab, 511 West Broadway 

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An online survey will also be available starting November 22. 

Phase 1

The first phase of the Sign By-law Review was approved in 2017, and led to new regulations for business signage. After consulting with stakeholders and community members, policies and processes were updated to better reflect current best practices and provide more clarity for businesses; promote good signage; and enhance compliance with City policies and corporate objectives.

A series of Sign By-law user guides were created to help orient small businesses and other applicants to the new regulations.

Phase 2

Phase 2 examines billboards, advertising signs and electronic signage. Vancouver’s current sign regulations do not reflect changing technology or broader opportunities for community benefits such as airtime for public art, Amber Alerts, or to support arts, culture, and community events. 

Feedback collected will help staff create a draft framework for these signs in Vancouver, including ideas for how to regulate them. Policy options will be presented during further public engagement in early 2020.