Advertising Signs

The main purpose of regulating advertising signs is to ensure public safety and that they complement the surrounding environment. Advertising signs may be temporary, mobile or permanent.

Do I need an approval?

When you need an approval

You are required to check with Council that your advertising sign complies with the advertising code under the Council planning scheme and has the relevant development approval if required.

Step 1: Check if your advertising sign is self assessable. If you meet the self assessment checklist, you are not required to submit a development application to Council.

Step 2: If your advertising sign is not self assessable, it may be code assessable. Code assessable activities require an Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) application with Council.

Step 3: If your advertising sign is beyond the criteria for code assessable, you will need to contact Council for further information on an Impact Assessment IDAS application. Fees may apply to both code and impact assessable applications. Once development approval has been confirmed your advertising sign may require a licence (local law approval).

The following activities require an approval from Council:

Your council does not have any specific information on advertising signs.

When you do not need an approval

The following activities do not require an approval under Council's local law:

Your council does not have any specific information on advertising signs.

How to apply

To obtain approval for an advertising sign, you will need to submit a complete application to Council. The following information will assist you in ensuring your application is complete and that you consider other applications that may be required for your business.

Development Approval

Prior to submitting your application you should ensure the site has relevant development approval to operate your business to prevent the application being delayed.

Related Applications

  • Advertising signs may need a building approval under the Building Act 1975 (PDF1.4MB). Generally, signs that need approval are:
    • Freestanding and over 2 m in height from ground level.
    • Freestanding and greater than 1.2 m in width.
    • Signs that form a separate structure when attached to an existing building or structure.
  • Heritage listed properties are protected and specific development rules apply. Both Council and the State Government have heritage registers. You will need to look at both registers to find out what constraints there are on your property. Advertising signs at a State heritage site or adjoining a State heritage may need approval from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. Find out if your property is on the Queensland heritage register. To find out if your property is on the local register, contact Council.
  • Signs on or over a State controlled road or motorway may need a Road corridor permit from the State Government. Find out if your property is on a State controlled road.

Forms

Application forms are available from Council.

Plans

A location plan showing all property boundaries, existing and proposed signage and distance to property boundaries, building footprints, roads and landscaping is required.

Other information may be requested including:

  • type of sign
  • mounting of the sign including size of fastenings
  • dimensions of the sign
  • material used in the construction of the sign
  • content of the sign
  • associated lighting (illumination)
  • effect it will have on the natural or built environment
  • details of concrete foundations.

Certification

Advertising signs may need a building approval under the Building Act 1975. Generally, signs that need approval are:

  • freestanding and over 2 m in height from ground level
  • freestanding and greater than 1.2 m in width
  • signs that form a separate structure when attached to an existing building or structure.

Public Liability

If the sign is located on or over public land you must take out public liability insurance to a minimum value of $10 million dollars and name Council as an interested party. A copy of this document must be submitted before your application can be approved.

If the sign is located on private land, Council may not require you to have public liability insurance, however you should research all options regarding your business insurance requirements.

How to submit an application

Applications can be submitted (with the relevant fee if applicable) in person at Council offices or by surface mail.

The applicant for a licence must be a legal entity (e.g. person(s) or company). Note - a business name or shop name is not a legal entity and cannot be the licence holder.

Process for new signs

  • You are responsible for ensuring the application is complete.
  • Development approval (if required) must be obtained prior to Council issuing an advertising sign approval.
  • Council will contact you should additional information be required to process your application.
  • You will be notified when a decision has been made regarding your application.
  • Council may inspect the sign on a regular basis.

Process for taking over existing signs

  • You are responsible for ensuring the application is complete.
  • You may apply for a search through Council to confirm that there is a current licence and to ascertain the current level of compliance. This process may require written permission from the vendor. There may be a fee charged to complete this search.
  • If you want to change the size or scale of the sign you will require development approval. Contact Council prior to the lodgement of this application.
  • You will be contacted should additional information be required to process your application.
  • You will be notified when a decision has been made regarding your application.
  • Council may inspect the sign on a regular basis.

Process for making changes to existing signs

  • You are responsible for ensuring the application is complete.
  • If you want to change the size or scale of the sign you may be required to submit a new application. Contact Council prior to the lodgement of any application.
  • You are encouraged to contact Council to discuss any changes to your sign.
  • Contact Council if you want to make a minor change to your licence, for example, a change of contact details. You are not required to submit an application for this.
  • You will be notified when a decision has been made regarding your application.
  • Council may inspect the sign on a regular basis.

How to comply

Education

The tools and resources developed by Council allow you and your staff to know what is required to ensure your business is operating lawfully. When used effectively, these tools will assist your business to ensure that safety, health and environmental standards are maintained and avoid enforcement action.

Regulation (Inspection process)

Council undertakes inspections to ensure that advertising signs are complying with the legislation and any approval conditions.

Enforcement

Under the local law, if you are the holder of an approval, you are responsible for ensuring all approval conditions are complied with.

If you have difficulty complying with your conditions, contact Council.

Failure to comply with these conditions may result in one or more of the following enforcement actions:

  • issuing of a letter requiring action or works to be conducted
  • issuing of a legal notice requiring action to be taken or works to be conducted (this may include Sustainable Planning Act 2009 notices)
  • issuing of a penalty infringement notice (PIN or on-the-spot fine)
  • removal of the sign
  • suspension of an approval
  • cancellation of an approval
  • prosecution.

Approval includes a consent, permission, licence, permit or authorisation.

Complaint Management

Council has a duty to investigate and respond to complaints received.

A complaint may result in an inspection of the sign to ensure compliance with the legislation.

Renewal

You may be sent a notice prior to the expiration of your current approval that will require your immediate attention.

If you need to amend details on your approval or require a copy of your approval, contact Council.