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Proposed Moreton Bay Regional Council Local Amendment Subordinate Local Law No. 1 (Advertising Devices) 2018

Proposed Subordinate Local Law

Council proposes to make Moreton Bay Regional Council Local Amendment Subordinate Local Law No. 1 (Advertising Devices) 2018 (Proposed Subordinate Local Law).

The purpose and general effect of the Proposed Subordinate Local Law will be to permanently amend Schedule 9 of MBRC Subordinate Local Law No. 1 (Administration) 2011 (SLL) as it relates to all advertising devices with a view to addressing issues identified with the SLL whilst:

  • ensuring that advertising devices do not compromise public health & safety;
  • protecting the visual amenity of Council's local government area;
  • protecting the environment;
  • providing Council and the public protection in the event of an incident (through insurance and indemnity); and
  • protecting public and private infrastructure.

As part of this process, Council will undertake public consultation from 5 February 2018 to 5pm on 28 February 2018 in respect of the Proposed Subordinate Local Law.

By way of example, the Proposed Subordinate Local Law would introduce the following permanent changes to the SLL (amongst others) if it is made without amendment:

  • election advertisements which meet prescribed criteria could be displayed on public land year-round (instead of only 42 days before an election date, which was the case under the SLL);
  • election advertisements which meet prescribed criteria could be displayed on private land up to 3 months before an election date (instead of only 42 days before an election date, which was the case under the SLL);
  • there would be no cap on the number of election advertisements that could be displayed in an electorate (instead of the maximum of 60, 120 or 200 signs per electorate, which was the case under the SLL depending upon the size of the electorate);
  • election advertisements which did not meet the prescribed criteria (including size criteria) would be subject to an assessment process before they could be displayed. This assessment process would consider impacts on health & safety, visual amenity, the environment and infrastructure (amongst other things). A fee would be payable for this assessment;
  • "Self-Assessable Signs" (e.g. real estate signs, garage sale signs, mobile advertising signs etc.) will not require an approval from Council before being displayed if the relevant prescribed criteria are met;
  • "Licensable Signs" (e.g. billboards, animated signs, signs which do not fulfil the relevant prescribed criteria etc.) will require an approval from Council before being displayed. Before granting any such approval, Council would consider the sign's impacts on health & safety, visual amenity, the environment and infrastructure (amongst other things). A fee would be payable for this assessment.

Council has prepared the following documents for community consultation:

Relevant Background

Council regulates the display of temporary advertising devices on public or private land (and the display of permanent advertising devices on public land) under the SLL.

On 24 October 2017, Council resolved to make Moreton Bay Regional Council Interim Local Law No. 1 (Advertising Devices) 2017 (Interim Local Law). The aim of the Interim Local Law was to simplify and address issues with the SLL.

The Interim Local Law is (by its nature) temporary and expires on 24 April 2018.

To permanently amend the SLL prior to the expiry of the Interim Local Law, Council needs to carry out various procedural steps otherwise the SLL will revive in its previous form on the expiry of the Interim Local Law.

Have your say

Council is conducting community consultation on the proposed Moreton Bay Regional Council Local Amendment Subordinate Local Law No. 1 (Advertising Devices) 2018.

Use the online submission to provide your feedback by 5.00pm on 28 February 2018:

Online submission form

Written submissions via can also be lodged:

  • via email to
  • by post to PO Box 159 Caboolture Qld 4510
  • in person at council's customer service centres located at Caboolture, Redcliffe, and Strathpine.

All submissions must be received by 5.00pm on 28 February 2018 stating:

  • the grounds of the submission; and
  • the facts and circumstances relied on in support of the grounds.

Hard copies of associated documents are also available for viewing at council's customer service centres.

More information

For more information, contact council.

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