Real estate signs

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

You do not need anything in writing from Brisbane City Council to display a permitted real estate sign, provided you 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 will need to apply for a full assessment and be granted 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 properties being advertised
  • be displayed 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

A single sign displayed on a property per agent or agency is permitted and must have a maximum area of 2.4 square metres.

If the sign might be hidden by a fence or planting, the sign may be located on the side of a footway next to and parallel to the property alignment.

Where more than one agency is handling a property, the maximum total area of residential real estate sales signs per property is not to exceed 2.4 square metres.

Residential real estate sales footway sign

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

  • 1 metre high
  • 0.6 metres wide
  • 0.6 metres deep

Residential real estate rental sign

To advertise a residential property for rent, a single sign is permitted and must have a maximum area of 0.6 square metres.

If the sign might be hidden by a fence or planting, the sign may be located on the side of a footway next to and parallel to the property alignment.

Small new estate sales sign

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

The maximum area of a small new estate sales sign is 2 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

In the sale or lease of a commercial or retail property with a frontage greater than 40 metres:

  • a maximum of two non-residential real estate (commercial or retail) signs with a total area of 5 square metres may be exhibited per street frontage of a property
  • one above awning non-residential real estate (commercial or retail) sign advertising the sale, renting or lease of premises, may be exhibited per street frontage of a property 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 exhibited on a window must be the lesser of two signs or 2.4 square metres or 25% of the total window area per street frontage of a property

Non-residential real estate (industrial) sign

In the sale or lease of industrial properties, the following requirements apply for permitted signs:

  • a maximum of 5 square metres of non-residential real estate (industrial) signs may be exhibited for each 50 metres of frontage or part thereof up to a maximum of 20 square metres per street frontage of a property
  • in a group title subdivision under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997, the frontage of the overall title is to be used to calculate the maximum area of sign which may be exhibited
  • one above awning non-residential real estate (industrial) sign advertising the sale, renting or leasing of premises, may be exhibited per street frontage of a property if 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 exhibited on a window is not to exceed 2.4 square metres per street frontage of a property
14 January 2016