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Bylaw No. 3429-2023

Sign Bylaw, 2023

Contents
Part 1 — Administration
 1 Definitions
 2 Interpretation bylaw
 3 Purpose
 4 Figures
Part 2 — Application
 5 Application
 6 Compliance
 7 Prohibited signs
 8 Non-conforming signs
Part 3 — General Regulations
 9 General prohibitions
 10 Signs incorporating multiple sign types
 11 Third party advertising
 12 Illuminated signs
 13 Changeable copy
 14 Electronic copy
Part 4 — Signs not requiring a permit
 15 Signs not requiring a permit
 16 Compliance with other requirements
 17 Address, commemorative or public information signs
 18 Agricultural local product signs
 19 Banner signs
 20 Community activity signs
 21 Construction project signs
 22 Contractor identification signs
 23 Directional signs
 24 Home occupation signs
 25 Identification signs
 26 Promotional signs
 27 Real estate directional signs
 28 Real estate signs
 29 Sandwich board signs
 30 Window signs
Part 5 — Sign districts
 31 Sign districts
 32 Sign district locations
Division 1 — Mixed use centres sign district
 33 Sign design in the mixed use centres sign district
 34 Sign materials in the mixed use centres sign district
 35 Awning signs in the mixed use centres sign district
 36 Canopy signs in the mixed use centres sign district
 37 Drive through menu board signs in the mixed use centres sign district
 38 Electronic message board signs in the mixed use centres sign district
 39 Facade signs in the mixed use centres sign district
 40 Freestanding signs in the mixed use centres sign district
 41 Marquee signs in the mixed use centres sign district
 42 Mural signs in the mixed use centres sign district
 43 Projecting signs in the mixed use centres sign district
 44 Service station canopy signs in the mixed use centres sign district
 45 Suspended signs in the mixed use centres sign district
Division 2 — Historic downtown sign district
 46 Sign design in the historic downtown sign district
 47 Sign colours in the historic downtown sign district
 48 Sign materials in the historic downtown sign district
 49 Awning signs in the historic downtown sign district
 50 Canopy signs in the historic downtown sign district
 51 Facade signs in the historic downtown sign district
 52 Freestanding signs in the historic downtown sign district
 53 Marquee signs in the historic downtown sign district
 54 Projecting signs in the historic downtown sign district
 55 Service station canopy signs in the historic downtown sign district
 56 Suspended signs in the historic downtown sign district
Division 3 — Municipal sign district
 57 Sign design in the municipal sign district
 58 Agricultural market signs in the municipal sign district
 59 Awning signs in the municipal sign district
 60 Canopy signs in the municipal sign district
 61 Drive through menu board signs in the municipal sign district
 62 Electronic message board signs in the municipal sign district
 63 Facade signs in the municipal sign district
 64 Freestanding signs in the municipal sign district
 65 Marquee signs in the municipal sign district
 66 Mural sign in the municipal sign district
 67 Projecting signs in the municipal sign district
 68 Service station canopy signs in the municipal sign district
 69 Suspended signs in the municipal sign district
Part 6 — Sign permits
 70 Permit required
 71 Application for a permit
 72 Drawings and specifications
 73 Refusal of permit
 74 Expiry of permit
 75 Cancellation of permit
 76 Required inspections
 77 Notice
 78 Stop work order
 79 Provincial electrical permit
 80 Signs on highways
Part 7 — Construction and maintenance
 81 Sign construction
 82 Electrical wiring
 83 Sign maintenance
 84 Removal or copy change
 85 Signs displaying public information
Part 8 — Compliance
 86 Power of entry
 87 Sign removal and disposal
 88 Sign reclamation
Part 9 — Transitional
 89 Repeal
90 Consequential Amendments

The Council of the City of Abbotsford, in open meeting assembled, enacts as follows:

Part 1 — Administration

Definitions

1   In this bylaw:

"agricultural local product sign" means a sign that advertises agricultural products for sale that are produced by a farm operation operating on the lot where the sign is located;

"agricultural market sign" means a sign that advertises a business or activity where agricultural products are the primary commodity for sale;

"awning" means a fixed or retractable structure, projecting from a building face, consisting of fabric, sheet metal, or other flexible material on a frame;

"awning sign" means a sign applied, attached or painted to the surface of an awning that does not project from the surface of the awning;

Figure 1-1: Example of awning sign.

"balloon sign" means a sign or other advertising device inflated by air;

Figure 1-2: Example of balloon sign.

"banner sign" means a sign made of nylon, canvas, vinyl or similar flexible material that is not adhered to a rigid backing;

Figure 1-3: Example of banner sign.

"building" means any structure constructed, used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or occupancy;

"building face" means all individual wall areas of a building that face the same direction;

"building frontage zone" means a space within the front or exterior side setback of a building that does not interfere with pedestrian or vehicular movement;

"building furnishing zone" means the area in front of a building between the street and pedestrian movement zone that may be used for street furniture, including trees, landscaping, transit stops, or street lights;

"building official" has the same meaning as in the Building Bylaw;

"bylaw enforcement officer" has the same meaning as in the Bylaw Enforcement Bylaw;

"canopy" means a rigid and roofed structure projecting from a building face that is attached to and entirely supported by the building;

"canopy sign" means a sign that is applied, attached or constructed on a canopy;

"changeable copy" means copy that can be changed using detachable letters, characters, numbers or graphics;

"clearance" means the vertical distance between the lowest point of a sign and grade;

"community activity sign" means a temporary sign that advertises a public event, including a cultural, institutional or recreational event, farmers' market or charitable campaign;

"construction project sign" means a temporary sign displayed on a construction or development site that advertises the construction or development project taking place, and may identify the major participants in the project;

Figure 1-4: Example of construction project sign.

"contractor identification sign" means a temporary sign displayed on a construction or development site that identifies a contractor involved in the construction or development project, including architects, builders, developers, engineers or financiers;

"copy" means the letters, characters, symbols, numbers, or graphics that make up the message on a sign;

"copy area" means the smallest area, measured in square metres, that encompasses all of the copy on a sign;

Figure 1-5: Example of copy area.

"directional sign" means a sign indicating the name and direction to a business, place, service or event;

"drive through menu board sign" means a sign that displays information about the food items and beverages sold at a drive through restaurant and may contain electronic copy;

"electronic copy" means copy that is generated, displayed or changed using electronic screens, computer video monitors, liquid crystal displays (LCD), light emitting diode (LED) displays or any other electronic, computer generated or digital technology;

Figure 1-6: Example of electronic copy.

"electronic message board sign" means a sign that contains electronic copy but does not include a drive through menu board sign;

"facade sign" means a sign that is applied, attached, inscribed or mounted to a building face that is on a plane parallel to the building face;

Figure 1-7: Example of facade sign.

"face" means one side of a sign where copy may be placed;

"freestanding sign" means a sign that is self-supporting, separate and independent from a building and permanently anchored to the ground;

"frontage" means the length of a building, lot or premises that abuts or faces a highway, excluding a lane;

"furnishing zone" means the area between a road and the pedestrian movement zone, where street furniture including benches, bicycle racks, garbage containers and trees may be located;

"grade" means the average elevation of the finished ground surface directly below a sign;

"handheld advertising sign" means a sign supported or manipulated by a person that advertises an event, business or promotion of a commercial nature;

"height" means the vertical distance from grade to the uppermost point of a sign;

"highway" means public road allowance, including a lane, but does not include a private right-of-way on private property;

"home occupation sign" means a sign advertising a permitted home occupation - level 2, home occupation - level 3 or home occupation - level 4 in accordance with the Zoning Bylaw;

"identification sign" means a sign that indicates only the name, address and number of a building, organization or person or a business, service or activity conducted in the building;

"illuminated" means the intentional lighting of a sign by artificial lighting, located on, external to or internal to the sign;

"lot" means land designated as a separate and distinct parcel on a legally recorded subdivision plan or description filed in the land title office;

"marquee" means a canopy-like structure erected over the entry to a theatre, cinema or similar use, primarily for the purpose of displaying a sign with event details;

"marquee sign" means a sign mounted on a marquee;

Figure 1-8: Example of marquee sign.

"monument sign" means a freestanding sign

(a) attached to a permanent foundation or mounted on a solid base greater in length and width than the sign, and

(b) that is not dependent on any pole, post or similar support;

Figure 1-9: Example of monument sign.

"mural sign" means a sign created on the exterior of a building as part of a painted mural, intended to advertise a business, project, activity or service;

Figure 1-10: Example of mural sign.

"owner" includes the owner or tenant who occupies a lot or premises where a sign is located, the person named as the permit holder on a permit and the owner, manufacturer or installer of a sign;

"pedestrian movement zone" means the area of highway intended for pedestrian movement, including a sidewalk, where pedestrians travel and access destinations along the highway;

"permit" means an authorization issued on a prescribed form by a building official to erect, place, display, alter or move a sign;

"portable sign" means a sign not permanently attached to a building, structure or the ground that can be readily moved from place to place, but does not include a sandwich board sign;

"poster sign" means a sign made of paper or paper-like materials;

"premises" means a lot, building or portion thereof that is occupied by a single owner or tenant;

"projecting sign" means a sign that is attached to, projects from and entirely supported by a building face;