What are the rules for campaign signs?

City of Williams Lake Sign Bylaw No. 2360, 2022, Section 20(g) “Signs Permitted in all Zones” states the following:

Political campaign signs are permitted in all zones only during Federal, Provincial, or Municipal election or referendum periods per Provincial and Federal legislations, on behalf of candidates for public office or referendum on election ballots provided that such sign shall be removed within four days following the general voting day.  Such signs shall not be installed:

  1. On or over a street, including any boulevards or public right of ways;
  2. On private property, without the written consent of the property owner where the sign will be located;
  3. Within three 3 metres of a fire hydrant;
  4. If it exceeds 2 metres in height, as measured from the grade of the site to the top of the political campaign sign or its supporting structure, whichever is greater;
  5. With a sign face exceeding 1.5 square metres in area; and
  6. In a manner that it obstructs, simulates, or detracts from the visibility of regulatory signs or other traffic control devices.” 

The City’s Sign Bylaw permits temporary election signs to be placed from the beginning of the election period (as determined by Provincial/Federal legislation) until four days after the general election day.

See the Candidate’s Guide to Local Government Elections in BC, the Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC for Candidates and their Financial Agents, and the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA) for more information.

In addition to the rules included in the City’s Sign Bylaw, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure regulates sign placement along Provincial highways (i.e. Highways 97 and 20).  Their regulations can be found online at: www.gov.bc.ca/electionsigns.  Based on Ministry policy, signs along provincial highways cannot be placed until the campaign period begins (DATE TBD, 2026).

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