Reply #2: Why is it Legal?

November 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear G:

Thank you for contacting the City of Vancouver.

Your email was sent to us by the VPD since this is not a police matter but rather a city issue.

Every billboard sign on City of Vancouver goes through an application process first to get approval and receive a permit for the installation of the sign. There are certain conditions that need to be met before the sign can be installed. You can see the requirements in the second page of the application form. Below is a copy:

The same cannot be said of graffiti. When business and home owners wake up to find graffiti on their property, they are never asked for permission and end up having to cover the costs of removing the graffiti which sometimes has highly offensive messages or images. The same happens on city property. Graffiti is illegal and considered vandalism because it is done on other people’s property without permission.

If you have any feedback about the lighting on the sign, there should be a phone number on the sign itself for you to provide your feedback. I have also forwarded your email to our Development Services department who deals with permits for these type of signs so they are aware of the lighting from this sign.

If you wish to forward further information to them, you can email them at:

If you require further assistance, please contact us at:

3-1-1 (within Vancouver)
604.873.7000 (outside Vancouver)

We are open to take your call from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, 7 days/week, 365 days/year (including holidays). We also offer interpretation services in over 170 languages.

We invite you to visit the City of Vancouver’s website for further information on City services at


City of Vancouver
3-1-1 Contact Centre


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