A real estate sign is a temporary, non-illuminated advertising device which promotes the sale, auction, lease or letting of premises. Real estate signs encompasses both the ‘for sale signs’ and ‘directional signs’ which agents display on a private property.
An application for the installation of real estate signs and real estate directional signs is required to be submitted before a 12 month approval will be issued.
How to apply for an approval
Use one of the forms below to apply for approval if required.
- Signs - Installation of advertising devices application form (online)
- Signs - Installation of advertising devices application form (for print)
Real estate and directional real estate signs are required to meet general and prescribed criteria/requirements (see the blue sliders).
- Current public liability insurance policy which provides indemnity for each individual occurrence in an amount not less than $10,000,000.00 and insurance against property damage.
- Be able to produce a copy of public liability insurance to an authorised person upon request.
- The advertising device must:
- not cause a nuisance; and
- be kept and maintained at all times in good order and condition and free of graffiti.
- The activity being advertised on the advertising device must be able to be lawfully conducted on the relevant premises.
- The advertising device must be structurally sound.
- The display of the advertising device must not cause obstruction of, or distraction to, pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
- The advertising device must be of high design quality.
- The face area of the advertising device must be appropriate for the location.
- The height of the advertising device must be appropriate for the location.
- The advertising device must not cause damage to public infrastructure.
- The advertising device must be consistent with applicable environmental standards.
- An illuminated advertising device must not be positioned so as to create glare or a nuisance to pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
- The advertising device must not be positioned within 3 metres of a power pole or any other device.
- The advertising device must not contain words bearing offensive or threatening messages or images.
- The size and scale of the advertising device, whether attached to a building or free-standing, must be appropriate to the size and scale of the building (if any) and of the premises where it is erected or to be erected and the advertising device must not be oversized so as to detract from or dominate the building, premises or adjacent uses of the land on which it is to be displayed.
- Where numerous small advertising devices are located adjacent to one another, the number, size, position and height of each advertising device must be limited to avoid visual clutter.
- To avoid visual clutter, where more than 1 tenant or business occupies a building or attached premises, advertising devices located on the building, or free-standing signs, must be harmonious and co-ordinated in size and height
- The face area and size of an advertising device must be compatible with predominant land uses, the built environment and the orientation of the premises with respect to adjacent roads and buildings.
- An advertising device mounted over a road or other place where vehicles are able to pass, must provide a clearance of not less than 5.7m from ground level directly adjacent to the advertising device.
- The advertising device must be harmonious with the architectural style and character of the location.
- The advertising device must blend with landscaping and street features of the location.
- The advertising device may be displayed no more than 14 days prior to the event and must be taken down no more than 2 days after the event.
If you are unable to comply with all of the general criteria above, the following criteria will be considered when deciding whether to approve the display of a free-standing sign by reference to the size of the advertising device.
- The face area of any advertising device is generally the area bounded by the framework of a manufactured panel, hoarding or illuminated sign case and is calculated by multiplying the sign face area height and width parameters.
- However, in the case of lettering, logos or designs applied to a lesser area than the panel parameters, or individual lettering applied to a wall or awning face, the area is calculated by drawing a rectangle around the advertising device lettering.
- In the case of irregular shaped advertising devices, including words with ascending or descending upper or lower case letter strokes, or replicas or shapes, the face area is calculated by not more than 2 abutting and non-overlapping rectangles added together.
- Decorative lines, stripes and architectural trims of an advertising device, whether illuminated or not, form part of the face area of the advertising device
- In calculating the size of an advertising device, v-shaped advertising devices are classed as 2 advertising devices unless otherwise determined by this subordinate local law.
Prescribed criteria for real estate signs
- The advertising device must not:
- interfere with the safe and convenient passage of pedestrians; or
- detract from the amenity of the area in which it is situated or unreasonably obstruct existing views
- The advertising device may be double sided
- The advertising device must not have a face area in excess of 0.6m2
- The number of real estate signs displayed at premises must not exceed 1 sign for each agent marketing the premises up to a maximum of 3 signs
- As an alternative, an advertiser may display 1 sign having a maximum face area of 2.4m2 at the premises
- the advertising device must not be displayed for:
- more than 14 days after the sale of the premises identified in the advertising device; or
- more than 6 months in any 12 month period
- The advertising device must be kept erect and maintained in a good state of repair at all times
- If a high fence, foliage or the like obscures the advertising device, it must be located as close as practicable to the street front boundary of the premises.
Prescribed criteria for real estate directional signs
- If the advertising device is displayed on land which is not a public place:
- maximum of 3 advertising devices may be displayed
- the face area of each advertising device must not exceed 0.6m2
- the advertising device:
- must only be displayed on the day on which the premises offered for sale are open for public inspection or offered for sale by auction
- must be located in close proximity to the premises
- the advertising device must not be displayed on a road except subject to approval of an authorised person.
An application fee is applicable to any application made for:
- advertising devices erected for commercial use
- real estate and directional real estate signs
If the application requires a fee to be paid, moneys must be paid when the application is submitted. Applications will be assessed once payment has been made.
Full fee details and amounts can be located in our fees and charges.