Advertising device fees

Payment of fees is required when you lodge your application with Brisbane City Council.

Application and licence fees

Express assessment application

The fee for an express assessment is calculated as:  application fee + licence fee (per sign) = total fee.

Full assessment application

The fee for a full assessment is calculated as: application fee + assessment fee (per sign) + licence fee (per sign) = total fee.

If the device is a generally inappropriate device, an additional fee applies.

Advertising sign fees table including categories, description, application and assessment fees.
Description Unit Fee
Pre-lodgement advice/report - in office Each $409.30*
Pre-lodgement advice/report - on-site Each $688.35*
Application fee Each application $79.00
Assessment fee - approved (Level 1) or temporary Each advertising device $181.90
Assessment fee - approved (Level 2) Each advertising device $968.30
Assessment fee - approved (Level 3) Each advertising device $5016.40
Generally inappropriate assessment - Level 1 Each sign additional to assessment fee $152.20
Generally inappropriate assessment - Level 2 Each sign additional to assessment fee $834.10
Generally inappropriate assessment - Level 3 Each sign additional to assessment fee $4321.15
Approval fee - annually renewable advertising device - Level 1 Each advertising device per annum $78.95
Approval fee - annually renewable advertising device - Level 2 Each advertising device per annum $156.75
Approval fee - annually renewable advertising device - Level 3 Each advertising device per annum $1444.05
Approval fee - temporary advertising device Each advertising device per month or part thereof $24.05
Change an application Each advertising device $156.75
Amend an approval Each advertising device $156.75
Transfer or approval Each application $78.95
Extension of time to complete building works under the Advertising Devices Local Law 2021 Each application $156.75
Priority assessment service for relevant business related permits Each application $1500.00

* GST included.

Note: Level 2 fees apply when the advertisement is exhibited on a heritage place, even if the advertisement is permitted in the applicable city environment.

Fee exemptions - charitable organisations

Organisations listed in Appendix A of the Brisbane City Council Schedule of Fees and Charges and not-for-profit educational, child care and sporting organisations (statutory declaration required) are exempt from all fees, provided the device does not contain any third party advertising.

Advertising devices placed or held on a Council footway to advocate for a particular cause or issue, not involving the promotion of a particular product, company or organisation, are exempt from fees.

Multiple devices

Approval for multiple devices for a single permit holder may be sought on a single application form. 

Large developments

Approval for multiple devices on a large development such as a new residential estate or shopping centre should be sought on a single application as an advertising package. The application is required to contain all proposed signs irrespective of the type of classification, however a permit fee is only payable for licensable devices.

Heritage places

An application must be made for any sign on a heritage place, even if that sign is permitted in the applicable city environment. A Level 2 application fee and permit fee will apply, except where the application is from a qualifying charitable organisation which is exempt from fees.

Proposals for new signage at registered state heritage sites require approval from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. An exemption certificate from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) will need to be submitted with the application.

Last updated: 19 July 2021