Real estate signs

A real estate sign is a temporary advertisement to facilitate the sale, auction or rental of a property or properties. The sign can be double sided.

Brisbane City Council does not require anything in writing to display a permitted real estate sign. You must carry out a self-assessment to make sure you comply with the relevant requirements set out below. If your proposed sign does not comply, you need to apply for a full assessment. Council must grant you a licence before you can display your sign.

The advertiser must have a current public liability insurance policy for a minimum of $5 million and all permitted real estate signs must not:

  • remain on display more than two weeks after the date of the settlement of the sale of the property or advertised properties
  • be on display on a road reserve
  • interfere with the safe and convenient passage of pedestrians
  • interfere with any underground services in a footway.

Additional rules apply for the following types of real estate signs:

Residential real estate sales sign

An agent or agency can display a single sign on:

  • a property with a maximum sign area of 2.4 square metres
  • the side of a footway, next to parallel to the property alignment, if hidden by a fence or planting.

If more than one agency is handling a property, real estate signs must not exceed 2.4 square metres per property.

Residential real estate sales footway sign

A permitted real estate footway sign must be no more than:

  • one metre high
  • 0.6 metres wide
  • 0.6 metres deep.

Residential real estate rental sign

An agent or agency can display a single sign on:

  • a residential property with a maximum sign area of 0.6 square metres
  • the side of a footway, next to and parallel to the property alignment, if hidden by a fence or planting.

Small new estate sales sign

A small new estate sales sign is only to direct attention to the sale of residential properties. This is in newly subdivided parts of the city, where the streets are not in recent street directories.

The maximum area of a small new estate sales sign is two square metres. A larger new estate sales sign requires a full assessment application.

Non-residential real estate (commercial and/or retail) sign on a larger site

You can exhibit the following signs for the sale or lease of a commercial or retail property, with a street frontage greater than 40 metres:

  • a maximum of two non-residential real estate (commercial or retail) signs with a total area of five square metres
  • one above awning non-residential real estate (commercial or retail) sign advertising:
    • the sale, renting or lease of premises
    • where Council is satisfied that no other suitable location is available, and
    • the area of the sign does not exceed 2.4 square metres
  • the area of non-residential real estate (commercial or retail) signs on a window must be:
    • the lesser of two signs, or
    • 2.4 square metres, or
    • 25% of the total window area.

Non-residential real estate (industrial) sign

You can exhibit signs for the sale or lease of industrial properties, with the following requirements applying to permitted signs per street frontage of property:

  • a maximum of five square metres of non-residential real estate (industrial) signs for each 50 metres or part thereof up to a maximum of 20 square metres
  • in a group title subdivision under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997, the frontage of the overall title is used to calculate the maximum area of sign
  • one above awning non-residential real estate (industrial) sign advertising:
    • the sale, renting or leasing of premises
    • where Council is satisfied that no other suitable location is available, and
    • the area of the sign does not exceed 2.4 square metres
  • the area of non-residential real estate (industrial) signs on a window is not to exceed 2.4 square metres.
Last updated:9 May 2019