Permitted Advertising Devices

Advertising devices that meet the requirements prescribed in the Permitted Advertising Devices Rule are permitted advertising devices and do not require Council approval. Advertising devices that do not meet the requirements of the Permitted Advertising Devices Rule require an approval, unless the advertising device is otherwise prohibited.

Advertising devices with Illumination and/or Electronic Display Components (EDC) must also comply with the Advertising Devices Technical Standards.

To find out if your advertising device is permitted you will first need to find the facts about the proposed advertising device location to identify the City Environment your property is in and any other constraints. Please note that all advertising devices installed, erected or displayed on a heritage place require an approval.

To find out what sign types may be permitted in each City Environment please select the City Environment from the dropdown below. Please note all permitted advertising devices must comply with the requirements of the Permitted Advertising Devices Rule. 

City centre environment

  • Awning fascia sign
  • Blind or canopy sign
  • Business promotion sign
  • Commercial flag
  • Community event sign
  • Construction project directory sign
  • Construction site fence sign
  • Construction site sign
  • Display home and estate sales sign
  • Election sign
  • Furniture advertising sign
  • Home business sign
  • Information sign
  • Newsagency sign
  • Pop-up information booth
  • Projecting flag sign
  • Real estate sign
  • Statutory sign
  • Temporary bunting and streamers
  • Under-awning sign
  • Vertical banner freestanding sign
  • Window sign.

Business centre environment

  • Awning fascia sign
  • Blind or canopy sign
  • Boundary fence sign
  • Business promotion sign
  • Changeable message sign
  • Commercial flag
  • Community event sign
  • Construction project directory sign
  • Construction site fence sign
  • Construction site sign
  • Display home and estate sales sign
  • Election sign
  • Footway sign
  • Furniture advertising sign
  • Garage sale sign
  • Home business sign
  • Information sign
  • Motor vehicle sales bunting
  • Newsagency sign
  • Pop-up information booth
  • Projecting flag sign
  • Real estate sign
  • Sporting field fence sign
  • Statutory sign
  • Temporary bunting and streamers
  • Under-awning sign
  • Vertical banner freestanding sign
  • Window sign.

Industry environment

  • Awning fascia sign
  • Blind or canopy sign
  • Boundary fence sign
  • Business promotion sign
  • Changeable message sign
  • Commercial flag
  • Community event sign
  • Construction project directory sign
  • Construction site fence sign
  • Construction site sign
  • Display home and estate sales sign
  • Election sign
  • Footway sign
  • Furniture advertising sign
  • Garage sale sign
  • Home business sign
  • Information sign
  • Motor vehicle sales bunting
  • Newsagency sign
  • Pop-up information booth
  • Projecting flag sign
  • Real estate sign
  • Sporting field fence sign
  • Statutory sign
  • Temporary bunting and streamers
  • Under-awning sign
  • Vertical banner freestanding sign
  • Window sign.

Residential environment

  • Community event sign
  • Construction project directory sign
  • Construction site fence sign
  • Construction site sign
  • Display home and estate sales sign
  • Election sign
  • Garage sale sign
  • Home business sign
  • Information sign
  • Newsagency sign
  • Pop-up information booth
  • Projecting flag sign
  • Real estate sign
  • Sporting field fence sign
  • Statutory sign
  • Temporary bunting and streamers
  • Vertical banner freestanding sign.

Green space environment

  • Community event sign
  • Construction project directory sign
  • Construction site fence sign
  • Construction site sign
  • Display home and estate sales sign
  • Election sign
  • Garage sale sign
  • Home business sign
  • Information sign
  • Newsagency sign
  • Pop-up information booth
  • Projecting flag sign
  • Real estate sign
  • Sporting field fence sign
  • Statutory sign
  • Temporary bunting and streamers
  • Under-awning sign
  • Vertical banner freestanding sign.

Sign type and description

This table provides information on sign type and description.

Awning fascia sign

An awning fascia sign is an advertising device painted on or otherwise affixed to the fascia of an awning or veranda.

Blind or canopy sign

A blind or canopy sign is an advertising device painted on or otherwise affixed to solid or flexible material suspended from the edge of an awning, veranda or wall.

Boundary fence sign

A boundary fence sign is an advertising device painted or otherwise affixed to a fence along the boundary of a site.

Business promotion sign

A business promotion sign is a temporary advertising device advertising an auction, retail sale, business promotion or similar.

Changeable message sign

A changeable message sign is an advertising device that allows content to be changed manually or mechanically.

Commercial flag

A commercial flag is a cloth or similar non‑rigid fabric hung from a pole to advertise or identify a commercial establishment.

Community event sign

A community event sign (including a directional community event sign) is a temporary non‑illuminated advertising device that advertises a short-term event such as a fete, fair or festival for charitable, religious, educational, childcare, sporting organisations or similar.

Construction project directory sign

A construction project directory sign displays a brief description of the construction project, including information about the developer, builder, project manager, construction manager, architect, engineering and other consultants, and contact details of relevant parties.

Construction site fence sign

A construction site fence sign is an advertising device painted or otherwise affixed flat on a temporary safety fence of a construction site.

Construction site sign

A construction site sign is an advertising device affixed to a structure or building under construction or to on‑site construction equipment, such as a crane.

Display home and estate sales sign

A display home and estate sales sign is an advertising device to facilitate the sale, auction or leasing of a group of dwellings or building sites.

Election sign

An election sign is a temporary advertising device advocating for or against the election of a candidate or candidates or a registered political party in:

  1. a Commonwealth Government election campaign
  2. a Queensland Government election campaign
  3. a Brisbane City Council election campaign.
Election signs include those with an electronic display component and mobile vehicle election signs.

Footway sign

A footway sign is a portable, freestanding advertising device, normally supported by an ‘A’ or inverted ‘T’ frame and typically displayed on a footway.

Furniture advertising sign

Furniture advertising is the signage displayed on dining furniture, such as umbrellas and windbreaks at outdoor dining facilities.

Garage sale sign

A garage sale sign is a temporary advertising device for a household garage sale.

Home business sign

A home business sign is a small advertising device identifying the name and/or trade, business or calling of the occupants of a home business premises.

Information sign

An information sign is an advertising device providing information for the use of facilities or features of a site (such as an ‘entrance’ or ‘parking’ sign, or a menu board for a drive‑through), and for which no commercial benefit is provided or derived.

Motor vehicle sales bunting

Motor vehicle sales bunting refers to a series of small flags or pennants suspended from a rope or cable and used to decorate a motor vehicle saleyard.

Newsagency sign

A newsagency sign is a small, non-illuminated, temporary, movable advertising device at the side of a footway advertising newspapers or periodicals for sale in a newsagency.

Pop-up information booth

A pop-up information booth is a temporary display or stall used by a sitting member of a federal, state or local government for informal public consultation. The display may or may not include a table and chairs.

Projected image sign

A projected image sign is an illuminated sign projected onto a display surface as a static or moving image.

Projecting flag sign

A projecting flag sign is a wall-mounted corporate flag.

Real estate sign

A real estate sign is a temporary advertising device to facilitate the sale, auction or rental of a property or properties.

Sporting field fence sign

A sporting field fence sign is an advertising device painted or otherwise affixed to the inward side of a fence around a sporting field.

Statutory sign

A statutory sign is an advertising device displayed under the authority or requirements of an act of Parliament of the State or Commonwealth, or a local law.

Temporary bunting and streamers

Temporary bunting and streamers refers to the short-term use of bunting and streamers for an event such as a fete, fair, festival or other special event, not including an election campaign.

Bunting is a series of small flags or pennants suspended from a rope or a cable, and streamers are long suspended ribbons of cloth or similar non-rigid material.

Under-awning sign

An under-awning sign is an advertising device suspended under an awning or veranda.

Vertical banner building sign

A vertical banner building sign is an advertising device of non‑rigid material normally fixed at the top and bottom to brackets projecting from a building.

Vertical banner freestanding sign

A vertical banner freestanding sign is an advertising device of non‑rigid material normally fixed at the top and bottom to brackets extending from a freestanding pole or pole attached to a relocatable base.

Window sign

A window sign is an advertising device displayed on or through a display window.

 

Last updated: 7 July 2021