All businesses that wish to erect signage must first complete a Sign Permit Application and pay the required fees. Sign Bylaw No. 1661 regulates signage in the Town of Smithers. Applicants may submit a Development Variance Permit Application in the event that the proposed signage does not comply with the bylaw requirements. All decisions on whether or not to approve a Development Variance Permit are made by Town Council.
All Sign Permit Applications must be signed by the property owner and include drawings of the proposed signage that show the location, dimension, material and lighting type. Businesses are also encouraged to incorporate elements of the Alpine Theme and Form and Character Development Permit Area Guidelines into the signage design.
Additional approvals include:
- Sandwich Board Signs on sidewalks or boulevards require a Highway License of Occupation Agreement.
- Canopy, Marquee and Projecting Signs over the road right-of-way require a Highway Encroachment Agreement.
In both the Highway License of Occupation Agreements and Highway Encroachment Agreements, the applicant is required to list the Town of Smithers as "Additional Insured" on the business insurance and provide a copy to the Town.