Through the Sign Permit approval process, the City ensures new signs are placed in a proper location, are an appropriate scale, and are erected in a safe manner.
Please refer to the Sign Bylaw for detailed sign regulations.
Sign permits are often associated with commercial, industrial, and institutional land uses. You may wish to consult:
Please submit a completed the Sign Permit application and fees.
For signs requiring structural engineering structural and footing, details must be prepared by a professional Structural Engineer and will be required for:
- Any freestanding, fascia, canopy, projecting or rotating sign with a weight of 25 kilograms (55 pounds) or greater, or
- A freestanding sign exceeding four square metres (43.05 square feet) in area or exceeding three metres (9.84 feet) in height or four metres (13.12 feet) in width.
- Submit a complete application form to the Development Services Department.
- The Sign Permit Fee (this amount is assessed according to the estimated construction value of the sign). Please note all permits are charge the minimum $90.00 permit fee.
- A security deposit is required for any signs requiring engineering (this deposit must be a separate payment from the application fee).
- A Letter of Consent from the property owner granting approval of the sign and its proposed location.
- Drawings of the proposed sign, in an appropriate scale, showing the dimensions and location of sign, of any buildings on the property and of any existing signs. This may include a site plan, elevations of any building faces for signage proposed on a wall surface, indicting the sign area and copy area (in square meters) where applicable.
- Sign material specifications required.
- The Sign Contractor is required to have a valid business licence with the City of Port Coquitlam.
Signs that require structural Engineering
Structural and/or footing details prepared by a Professional Structural Engineer will be required for any freestanding, fascia , canopy, projecting or rotating sign with a weight of 25 kilograms (55 lbs) or greater, or a freestanding sign exceeding 4 m2 (43.05 ft. 2) in area or exceeding 3 m (9.94 ft.) in height or 4 m (13.12 ft.) in width. These documents include:
- Original signed and sealed drawings prepared by a Professional Structural Engineer,
- Schedule B, (BC Building Code)
- Form B (available online)
- Current Copy of Certificate of Insurance from Registered Professional
- Schedule C-B after installation of the sign (and Schedule C-A if Schedule A was required to coordinate two separate registered professionals)
Fees, Charges, and Security/Deposit
Construction Value Up to $5,000
Permit Fees Required at Application: $90
Fee Required prior to permit: $0
Construction Value $5,000.01-$50,000
Permit Fees Required at Application: 0.7% of construction value plus $10.00
Fee Required prior to permit: 0.7% of construction value plus $10.00
Construction Value $50,000.01 – $500,000
Permit Fees Required at Application: 0.5% of construction value plus $110.00
Fee Required prior to permit: 0.5% of construction value plus $110.00
Construction Value Over $500,000
Permit Fees Required at Application: 0.4% of construction value plus $610.00
Fee Required prior to permit: 0.4% of construction value plus $610.00
A $500 security deposit will be required for a sign that requires structural engineering design. This charge will be applied towards the cost of any safety measures or City bylaw enforcement services related to the proposed sign.
Each sign requires a separate application form and fee (except for the case of channel lettering). Two or more identical signs will be considered as one sign permit but calculated individually based on the construction value of each sign when calculating the permit fee.
Upon completion of bylaw requirements, any portion of the security deposit that has not been required to meet the City’s cost will be refunded. The security deposit must be paid in cash or cheque.
After a Sign Permit is issued, all signs are inspected to ensure compliance with the approved plans and location. A site survey may be required for freestanding signs to ensure the sign is not encroaching on the right-of-way, easement, public property or adjacent property.
Applicants must contact the Planning Division at 604.927.5442 to arrange an inspection after the sign is completed.
Location and Mailing Address
City Hall Annex (Above the Bank of Montreal, 200-2564 Shaughnessy St, Port Coquitlam, BC, V3C 3G4
Business Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)