Update on Portable Signs in the City

Portable signs – also known as sandwich boards – can add vitality to downtown streets and be a valuable tool for businesses.

Earlier this year Council approved bylaw changes to regulate their use and allow them on public property where certain criteria are met. After hearing from the community on these regulations and related fees, Council responded and reduced the costs associated with applying for a Portable Sign Permit.

A permit is now required by any business in the City of Victoria who is displaying a portable sign on public space. The annual cost for this permit is $35.25.

The City is responsible for managing the use of public space for the benefit of all members of the community. These regulations balance the value to businesses with the need to maintain safe and clear passage for all sidewalk users – pedestrians, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, those with mobility issues, visitors and residents.

For more information on how to apply for a Portable Sign Permit, who is eligible, and other regulations, click here