After much debate, the city of Charlottetown is one step closer to having new rules around signs.

Amendments to the sign bylaw passed first reading on Monday night at a city council meeting.

The biggest change in the bylaw is the allowance of electronic signs in the city — something the business community has been asking for. 

The electronic signs will be allowed throughout the city, except for in the historic district, on heritage buildings, or in residential areas.

The other big change is how the size of signs will be decided. 

Instead of being based on the frontage of a building, dimensions will now be based on what type of zone the sign is displayed in.

While the first reading of the bill passed on Monday, amendments can still be made to the bylaw anytime up until the bylaw's second reading, expected at next month's city council meeting.