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Advertising/Signage

Do I need approval to erect or replace signage?

There are a number of different factors to be considered when determining whether a sign (or advertising display) requires development approval. For example, the approved use of the land can restrict the type and size of signage that is allowed to be established on the site without development approval.

In other cases, the positioning of the signage on the building will affect whether approval is required. In some instances, there may be a condition on a previous approval that restricts the size, siting and content of the advertising.

Existing signage can usually be replaced without development approval, as long as the advertising area is not increased. In any event, you should contact Council with details of your proposed signage so that it can be determined whether or not development approval would be required.

Can I have a sign at my home that advertises my business?

A sign cannot be erected on residential land without prior development approval. The only signage permitted is an identification sign, which may identify the address of the property on which it is situated but it cannot identify or advertise your business activity.

This type of identification sign can be up to 0.2m² in area, but cannot be internally illuminated, move, flash or reflect light so as to be an undue distraction to motorists. A smaller sign identifying the business could be located within the property, on the proviso that it is not readily visible from the street.

Do I need approval for signage on a non-residential building?

Signage that is displayed on a building used primarily for retail, commercial, office or business  purposes does not require development approval, but only if the property is not a State heritage place and if the advertising display:

  • is located on the front wall of the building; and does not move; and
  • does not flash; and
  • does not reflect light so as to be an undue distraction to motorists; and
  • is not internally illuminated; and
  • is not displayed or erected above any verandah or the fascia of a verandah; and
  • if there is no verandah, then no part of the advertisement is more than 3.7m above ground level.
  • Sits flush on the front of the building. If any signage protrudes in anyway from the building please call the Council for further information

If any of these criteria are NOT satisfied, then development approval would be required. Particularly, signage on the side walls of buildings, even if the side walls face a street, lane-way or open car park.

Can I have temporary sign for a special event?

An advertising display that is situated on private property and announces a local event of a religious, educational, cultural, social or recreational character, or that relates to an event of a political character, does not require development approval but only if the property is not a State Heritage place and if the advertising display:

  • in combination with any other signs on the site, does not exceed a total area of 2m²; and
  • is displayed for a period not exceeding one month prior to the event and one week after the  conclusion of the event; and
  • does not move, flash or reflect light so as to be an undue distraction to motorists; and
  • is not internally illuminated.

Can my builders put up a sign while they are doing work?

An advertising display can be erected without approval on land on which building work is being lawfully undertaken, but only if the property is not a State heritage place and if the advertising display:

  • contains information that refers to the work being undertaken; and
  • is not more than 3m² in area; and does not move; and
  • does not flash; and
  • does not reflect light so as to be an undue distraction to motorists; and
  • is not internally illuminated.

Can I have a sign on the footpath?

The placement of a temporary (moveable) sign on the footpath would only require an authorisation from Council under the Local Government Act if it does not meet the following criteria:

A moveable sign placed on a footpath area must:

  • Be of kind known as an ‘A’ frame ot sandwich board sign, an inverted ‘T’ sign, or a flat sign or, with the permission of the Council, a sign of some other kind
  • Be designed, constructed and maintained in good quality and condition
  • Be of strong construction and sufficiently stable or securely fixed when in position so as to keep its position in adverse weather conditions
  • Have no sharp or jagged edges or corners
  • Not be unsightly or offensive in appearance or content
  • Be constructed of timber, metal, plastic or plastic coated cardboard, or a mixture of such materials
  • Not exceed 1m in height, 600mm in width and 600mm in depth
  • Not have a display area exceeding one square meter in total, or, if the sign is two-sided, one square meter on each side
  • In the case of an ‘A’ frame or sandwich board sigh:

                              - be hinged of joined at the top

                              - be of such construction that its sides are securely fixed or locked in position when erected

                              - not have a base area in excess of 0.9sqm

  • In the case of an inverted ‘T’ sign, not contain struts or members that run between the display area and the base of the sign
  • Not rotate or contain flashing parts

A moveable sign must not be:

  • Placed on any part of a road apart from the footpath area
  • Placed on a footpath that is less than 2.5m wide
  • Placed closer than 2m from another structure, fixed object, tree, bush or plant
  • Placed on the sealed part of a footpath unless the sealed path is wide enough to contain the sign and leave a clear thoroughfare of at least 1.2m wide, or, if there is an unsealed part on which the sign can be placed in accordance with the By-law
  • Placed so as to interfere with the reasonable movement of persons or vehicles using the footpath or road in the vicinity of where the moveable sign is placed
  • Placed closer than 0.5m to the kerb (or if there is nor kerb, to the edge of the carriageway of a road or the shoulder of the road, whichever is the greater)
  • Placed on a landscaped area, other than landscaping that comprises only lawn
  • Placed within 10m of an intersection of two or more roads
  • Placed on a footpath area with a minimum height clearance from a structure above it of less than 2m
  • Placed on a designated parking area or within 1m of an entrance to premise
  • Displayed during the hours of darkness unless it is clearly lit
  • Placed in such a position or in such circumstances that the safety of a user of the footpath area or road is at risk

Moveable signs that:

  • direct people to an open inspection of any land or building that is available for sale or lease
  • direct people to a garage sale that is being held on residential premise
  • direct people to a charitable function

Do not need any form of Council Approval.

Do I need approval for a real estate sign?

A real estate "for sale" or "for lease" sign does not require approval if it is situated on the land that is for sale or lease, but only if the property is not a State heritage place and if the advertising display:

  • is not more than 4m² in area; and does not move; and
  • does not flash; and
  • does not reflect light so as to be an undue distraction to motorists; and
  • is not internally illuminated.

The sign must be removed within 2 weeks after the completion of the sale or the entering into of the lease.

 Relevant Links

Information sheet and checklist

Development Application form

Electricity Act Declaration Form

Development Act Schedule of Fees

 

 

 

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PO Box 1787, PORT LINCOLN SA 5606
Level One, Civic Centre, 60 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln
Telephone: 08 8621 2300 | Fax: 08 8621 2399 | Email: plcc@plcc.sa.gov.au
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City of Port Lincoln ABN: 80 776 127 243
PO Box 1787, PORT LINCOLN SA 5606
Level One, Civic Centre,
60 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln
Telephone: 08 8621 2300 | Fax: 08 8621 2399
Email: plcc@plcc.sa.gov.au
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