Draft Sign Bylaw

The City of Williams Lake is currently working to approve a new Sign Bylaw to regulate signage within the city limits. 

This bylaw will enhance the existing bylaw and will consolidate regulations for canopies, awnings, and signs, and replace two bylaws that are 36 years old for canopies and awnings, and 10 years old for signage.

 Highlights of this new bylaw include:

  • Increasing the allowable coverage area of a face sign from 25% to 40%
  • Increasing the allowable size of a home business sign from 0.5mto 1.0m2
  • Removing prohibitions for balloon signs, mobile & human held signage, rooftop signs, and animated signs
  • Creating regulations for illuminated signs and digital & projected advertising displays
  • Removing the need to obtain a sign permit for a sign placed in a window
  • Creating a pathway to regulate murals
  • Regulations to prevent light pollution into residential zones and the night sky
  • An overhaul of our permit application forms reducing the number of pages from 6 to 2
The City is seeking input from the public on the proposed draft. Please email your comments to development@williamslake.ca or call 250-392-8488 if you require clarification on any points. Deadline for feedback is noon on Friday, April 22.