In Sign Bylaw No. 7630 – 2020, the definition of ‘illuminated sign’ include direct or indirect illumination – this means a light incorporated into the sign or shining at it. Several sections of the sign bylaw site the ‘illuminated sign’ definition, including sections that require drawings to be submitted to the Chief Building Official of such signs, prohibition on portable signs of this nature, and prohibition on these signs being in residential neighborhoods.
Section 13.7.1(d) states that a portable freestanding sign shall not be energized by any means other than that approved under the BC Electrical Code. Additionally, section 8.2.1 has a specific prohibition on flashing, animated or chasing-border signs, digital videos or moving signs of any kind. Under the election signs section 13.11.1(g) the bylaw states that a sign is not to be illuminated. This means that even if an illuminated sign would be permitted, by virtue of it being an election sign, if could not be an illuminated sign.
In the event illuminated sign would be permitted, in accordance with 11.2.1(f)(x), drawings would need to be provided to the Chief Building Official along with information on the means by which the illumination is to be accomplished. Schedule G, section G-9 prohibits illuminated signs from residential zones.