Advertising signs tool

Use this tool to find if your proposed sign needs Brisbane City Council approval.

Step 1

Find out the facts about the proposed sign location (zoning, constraints and locality issues).

Step 2

For advertising signs, property zonings are grouped into five city environments:

  1. city centre
  2. business centres
  3. industry
  4. residential
  5. greenspace.

Under the Advertising signs tool heading, expand each environment type to find the zone (area classification) your property is in.

Step 3

Once you have identified the relevant environment, follow the link for advertising sign information.  This will help you determine which signs:

  • are permitted – if your proposed sign meets the conditions that apply to all types of signs and the special conditions listed in the tool, you do not need anything in writing from Council to display a permitted sign
  • require approval – you will need to apply for council approval for these sign types, and the tool will indicate whether the approval required is express assessment or full assessment
  • are generally inappropriate – you can still apply for a full assessment for these types of signs, however the term generally inappropriate provides a very rough initial guide only of the prospects for approval, new sign types can be applied for as generally inappropriate
  • are prohibited – you must not display these signs and cannot apply for council to assess these types of signs.

Advertising signs tool

City centre

City centre environment areas include the following property zone:

  • PC1 - Principal Centre (City Centre)

Find information on advertising signs in city centre environments.

Business centre

Business centre environment areas include the following property zones:

  • CF1 - Community Facilities (Major Health Care)
  • CF2 - Community Facilities (Major Sports Venue)
  • CF4 - Community Facilities (Community Purposes)
  • CF5 - Community Facilities (Education Purposes)
  • CF6 - Community Facilities (Emergency Services)
  • CF7 - Community Facilities (Health Care Purposes)
  • DC1 - District Centre (District)
  • DC2 - District Centre (Corridor)
  • MC - Major Centre
  • MU1 - Mixed Use (Inner City)
  • MU2 - Mixed Use (Centre Frame)
  • MU3 - Mixed Use (Corridor)
  • NC - Neighbourhood Centre
  • PC2 - Principal Centre (Regional Centre)
  • SC1 - Specialised Centre (Major Education and Research Facility)
  • SC2 - Specialised Centre (Entertainment and Conference Centre)
  • SC3 - Specialised Centre (Brisbane Markets)
  • SC4 - Specialised Centre (Large Format Retail)
  • SC5 - Specialised Centre (Mixed Industry and Business)
  • SC6 - Specialised Centre (Marina)
  • SP1 - Special Purpose (Defence)
  • SP2 - Special Purpose (Detention Facility)
  • TA - Tourist Accommodation

Find information on advertising signs in business centre environments.

Industry

Industry environment areas include the following property zones:

  • EI - Extractive Industry
  • II - Industry Investigation
  • IN - Industry (General Industry A)
  • IN - Industry (General Industry B)
  • IN - Industry (General Industry C)
  • LII - Low Impact Industry
  • SI - Special Industry
  • SP3 - Special Purpose (Transport Infrastructure)
  • SP4 - Special Purpose (Utility Services)
  • SP5 - Special Purpose (Airport)
  • SP6 - Special Purpose (Port)

Find information on advertising signs in industry environments.

Residential

Residential city environment areas include the following property zones:

  • CF3 - Community Facilities (Cemetery)
  • CR1 - Character Residential (Character)
  • CR2 - Character Residential (Infill Housing)
  • EC - Emerging Community
  • HDR1 - High Density Residential (up to 8 storeys)
  • HDR2 - High Density Residential (up to 15 storeys)
  • LDR - Low Density Residential
  • LMR1 - Low-medium Density Residential (2 storey mix)
  • LMR2 - Low-medium Density Residential (2 or 3 storey mix)
  • LMR3 - Low-medium Density Residential (up to 3 storeys)
  • MDR - Medium Density Residential
  • T-Township.

Find information on advertising signs in residential city environments.

Green space

Green space environment areas include the following property zones:

  • CN - Conservation
  • CN1 - Conservation (Local)
  • CN2 - Conservation (District)
  • CN3 - Conservation (Metropolitan)
  • EM - Environmental Management
  • OS1 - Open Space (Local)
  • OS2 - Open Space (District)
  • OS3 - Open Space (Metropolitan)
  • RR - Rural Residential
  • RU - Rural
  • SR1 - Sport and Recreation (Local)
  • SR2 - Sport and Recreation (District)
  • SR3 - Sport and Recreation (Metropolitan)

Find information on advertising signs in green space environments.

In the community facilities zone, emerging community zone, special purpose zone or specialised centre zone in City Plan, Council may, at its discretion, classify the advertisement as if it were to be exhibited in the city environment most closely resembling the characteristics of the existing or proposed development on that property.

In a residential or green space environment, where the use is an existing lawful use within the meaning of the Planning Act, Council may, at its discretion, classify the advertisement as if it were to be exhibited in the city environment most closely resembling the characteristics of development of a similar nature and scale.

More information

For more information and advice specific to your situation, contact Council's Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263).

Last updated:1 May 2019