If you are considering putting up new signage, or changing the existing signage for your business you will need to obtain a sign permit.
The Sign Bylaw
The City of New Westminster’s Sign Bylaw controls all signs within the City. A sign is defined as “any structure, device or visual display which communicates information or attracts the attention of persons for any purpose.” Each zoning district has requirements for the types and size of signs allowed.
SIGN BYLAW UPDATE 2017
The City of New Westminster is currently updating the Sign Bylaw, which regulates business advertising and identification signage. The draft new Sign Bylaw 7867, 2017 is now available for review in a staff Report to Council from May 15, 2017.
Processing Applications for Sign Permits
The applicant makes a formal application to the Building Division. Click here for Application Form and Submission Requirements.
The applicant pays the required fee and submits two complete sets of plans to support the application.
The plans are reviewed by the Planning Division for Sign Bylaw compliance.
The plans are reviewed by the Building Division for Building Code compliance. The applicant may be required to submit sign plans sealed or stamped by a Structural Engineer.
When all requirements have been met and approvals received the permit is issued and the applicant may commence work.
When the sign installation is completed, a letter from the engineer or associated firm must be deposited with the Building Division stating that the sign has been installed and inspected under the engineer’s supervision, and the work is in accordance with the submitted plans.
The Building Division does the final inspection.