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Real Estate Advertising Signage

Open for Inspection and Auction Signs

A permit is required for ‘open for inspection’ and ‘auction’ signs placed in a Public Place. When considering an application the following criteria are to be taken into account:

Portable free standing (e.g. A-frame) signs only are permitted and are not to exceed 900mm in height or 600mm in width. No other forms of temporary open for inspections or auction signs are permitted on public land, including signage secured into public assets (i.e. staked into the ground).

Permit Conditions

Signs can be displayed only on the day that the property is open for inspection or for auction and are to be removed within one hour of completion of the open for inspection time or completion of auction.

The period of time of the open for inspection/auction must be displayed on the sign.
Only three signs are permitted per property.

Signs may be placed in the following positions:

  • One sign on a nature strip at each end of the roadway in which the property open for inspection is located; and
  • One sign between the front boundary of the property open for inspection and the adjacent kerb signs shall only be placed in positions that do not hinder or endanger the safety of the public.

Any signs placed on the property (by way of example, but not limited to, a banner or flag) does not require a Local Law permit however they must not obstruct the footpath or hinder or endanger the safety of the public.

Correct & incorrect signage

Real Estate Advertising Boards

Real estate advertising boards are the large advertising boards that are commonly placed on the boundary of a property advertising it for sale, auction or lease. These types of advertising boards generally must be placed within or on the boundary of the subject property and must comply with planning provisions, however it may not always be possible to place the sign on the boundary. Placing any sign beyond a property boundary (ie. on Council land) requires a permit.

Advertising signage, including real estate boards are not permitted to be placed on Council Land or in a Public Place without a permit. Such a permit will only be considered if it is not possible for the board to be placed on the property boundary. The sign is to predominantly advertise the property and not the real estate agent or agency. Permits will be issued on a case by case basis and at Council’s discretion.

Permit Conditions

When considering an application for a real estate advertising board on Council land or in a Public Place, the following criteria and conditions apply:

  • One real estate advertising board is permitted per property and is to be located as close as practically possible directly out the front of the property being advertised.
  • Proof of Public Liability Insurance to the minimum value of $10 million providing principal’s indemnity cover to Council.
  • The advertising board is not to be illuminated, animated or contain any moving parts.
  • Details of the board (including size) are to be provided to Council.
  • A site diagram drawn to scale indicating the location of the proposed board, property boundaries, width of nature strip or road reserve, street signs, poles and any other relevant information is to accompany the application.
  • Real estate advertising boards will only be valid for a maximum period of three months and signs are to be removed within 7 days of the property being sold or leased.
  • The size permitted for a real estate advertising board is 1800mm by 1200mm. Variations to this may only be considered in industrial and business zoned areas.
  • Signs are not to be attached to any Council or public infrastructure, including but not limited to trees, signs, light or power poles.
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