Advertising signs (except election signs)

Applications for advertising devices (signs) may be assessed either under Council's local law or the MBRC Planning Scheme, depending on the type of advertising sign and the proposed location.

The table below details the method of assessment for advertising devices on private and public land.

Proposed sign location Permanent / Temporary Assessment Instrument Further Information
Public land e.g. Council controlled land, road reserve, etc Temporary and permanent Local Law

Advertising devices assessed under 
MBRC Subordinate Local Law 1 (Administration) 2011

Private land Temporary Local Law

Advertising devices assessed under
MBRC Subordinate Local Law 1 (Administration) 2011

Private land Permanent MBRC Planning Scheme Advertising devices assessed under
MBRC planning scheme information

 

Advertising devices assessed under the Local Law

Advertising devices are considered to be either self-assessable or licensable.  Self-assessable signs can be displayed without Council approval.  Licensable signs require an approval from Council.

Self-assessable signs

The requirements are contained within the MBRC Subordinate Local Law 1 (Administration) 2011.

If the advertising sign meets the general self-assessable requirements and specific requirements outlined for these signs, then the sign is considered self-assessable and does not require Council approval.

Licensable signs

These signs cannot be displayed without Council approval.

Tables two and three in the Interim Local Law No. 3 (Advertising Devices) 2018, identifies signs that are considered licensable.

There are two options available when applying for a licensable sign.

Standard application

This application is made by lodging the Installation of advertising devices (signs) application - standard assessment(PDF, 298KB), together with any required supporting documentation and the relevant fee.

A standard application will generally be assessed with 30 business days.

Expedited (fast track) application

This application is made by lodging the Installation of advertising devices (signs) application - expedited (fast track) assessment(PDF, 310KB), together with a written submission and the relevant fee.  The written submission must comprehensively document how the proposed licensable sign meets the local law requirements.

A properly made application will be assessed within three business days.

For further information refer to the Licensable sign applications fact sheet(PDF, 103KB).