If you are considering putting up new signage, or changing the existing signage for your business you will need to obtain a sign permit. Click here to review the Sign Bylaw General Guide for additional detail.
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 2016
The City of New Westminster is currently updating the Sign Bylaw, which regulates business advertising and identification signage. The Sign Bylaw Survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts on the proposed changes. We are now reviewing your feedback and will report back in early 2017.
Click here to read the staff report to Council from September 12, 2016.
Processing Applications for Sign Permits
- The applicant submits sign plans and graphics to the Planning Division.
- Plans are reviewed for Sign Bylaw compliance and a completed planning checklist is returned to the applicant.
- The applicant makes a formal application to the Building Division. Click here for Application Form.
- The applicant pays the required fee and submits two complete sets of plans to support the application. Plans must me sealed or stamped by a Structural Engineer.
- The plans are reviewed by the Building Division for Building Code compliance. 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.