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An advertising device (a sign) means a structure or device, which is visible from a road or other public place, which conveys information or directions of any kind. Subordinate Local Law 1.4 (Installation of Advertising Devices) 2011 regulates the installation of advertising devices to ensure the safety of pedestrians and vehicular traffic.
An approval/application is required when the prescribed criteria AND the general conditions cannot be met OR if the customer wishes to extend on a particular requirement (e.g. the length of time a sign is to be displayed or the amount of signage to be displayed) or deviate from the requirements (e.g. place bunting more than 6m above ground level). The general requirements remain the same for each sign type, however, the prescribed criteria is tailored around the individual sign type. The prescribed criteria and general conditions are included in the blue sliders below.
Real estate signs and real estate directional signs will require an application to be submitted and a 12 month approval will be issued.
If your sign type is not included in the below sign types and definitions, a full application will be required.
Use the form below to apply for approval if required.
Signs - Installation of advertising devices application form (for print)
An application fee is applicable to any application made for:
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.
An approval is not required when the prescribed criteria AND the general conditions can be met. The general requirements remain the same for each sign type, however, the prescribed criteria is tailored around the individual sign type.The prescribed criteria for each sign type and the general conditions are included in the blue sliders below.
Any signage that is to be displayed is to comply with the prescribed criteria (dependant on sign type) and the general criteria. If unable to comply with any of the general conditions, an approval is to be sought.
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.
A bunting sign includes decorative flags, pennants and streamers. This does not include banners.
A community organisation sign is a temporary, non-illuminated advertising device which advertises a non-profit short term event such as a fete, fair, festival or similar event organised by a charitable, religious, educational, childcare or sporting organisation or a community service organisation.
A site community organisation sign is a community organisation sign which is displayed at the site of a fete, fair, festival or other similar event for the primary purpose of advertising the fete, fair, festival or other similar event.
A garage sale sign is an advertising device of a temporary nature which advertises a garage sale and is displayed for directional purposes.
A mobile sign is a temporary portable self-supporting sign which is free-standing and may be mounted on wheels to facilitate movement. This includes an A-frame sign and sandwich board, but excludes free standing and real estate signs.
A statutory sign is an advertising device exhibited pursuant to the authority or requirements of an Act.
A trade sign is a temporary advertising device which displays a trade person’s activity on premises, for example, the activities of a painter or a tiler.
A display home sign is an advertising device which advertises a display home in conjunction with the sale, auction or leasing of a group of dwellings or building sites.
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. There are different prescribed criteria for these.
Prescribed criteria for real estate signs
Prescribed criteria for real estate directional signs
An estate sales sign is an advertising device displayed for the primary purpose of the promotion or sale of land within an industrial or residential estate or development.
An inflatable sign is a fixed or captive balloon, including a tethered lighter than air device which is displayed in conjunction with a special event such as a fete, fair, circus, sales promotion or the like.
A sporting field fence sign is an advertising device which is painted or otherwise affixed to a fence marking the boundaries of a sporting field.
A motor vehicle sign is an advertising device affixed to, placed upon, or beside, a vehicle, caravan or trailer apparently stopped on rateable land for the primary purpose of displaying the advertising device.
Signs shall not be established, erected or displayed upon any median strip or roundabout. No signage is to be established at the following intersections/location:
Signage is not permitted within 25 meters from the following intersections:
Any signage placed along a State controlled road must be approved by the Department of Transport and Main Roads. Visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website for further information.
Information regarding the installation of election signs can be found in the Election signs article.
For further information regarding sign requirements, contact our Environmental Health Service’s section on 131 872 or visit your nearest Customer Service Centre.
Disclaimer: The information contained on this page is a guide only.