The purpose of the sign bylaw and sign permitting process is to afford the Quesnel business community equal and fair opportunities to advertise and promote business while preserving community aesthetics and beautification.
A sign is any object or device displayed outdoors and used to advertise or attract attention to a business, product, service or event.
A sign permit is required prior to a sign being constructed, moved, altered, placed or repaired in City limits. A sign permit must be obtained prior to ordering or constructing a sign as the sign by-law restricts sign size and content.
Once your application is received, departmental staff will review your application for conformity with the sign bylaw. In some instances, a sign permit may require a development permit if it is in a development permit area. Sign design requirements and restrictions vary depending on the proposed sign location. Some signs (such as freestanding signs or overhead structures) also require a building permit prior to construction. For sign permits not requiring a development permit or a building permit, expect about three to 10 days processing time. This processing time may be longer if: there is missing application information; further details or clarifications are needed; or the proposed sign needs to be modified to conform to the sign bylaw.
To obtain a sign permit, applicants need to submit an application with the requested drawings and appropriate fees to the Planning and Development Services Department.