Advertising and signage is a prominent feature of the skyline and streetscape in North Sydney. However, there is a need to ensure that advertising does not dominate or detract from the character of the local area.
In some instances, a DA may not be required for the installation of signage. Please refer to Clause 3.1 and Schedule 2 of NSLEP 2013, and Parts 1 and 2 of State Environmental Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP) to determine whether your signage is exempt from the need to obtain development consent. A copy of NSLEP 2013 and the Codes SEPP is available below:
If in doubt, before starting works, contact a Council Planning Advisor through: Council Customer Service Centre
Where development consent is required, the following will need to be considered:
The following forms of advertising are not allowed in the North Sydney area:
- Above awning sign.
- Flag pole signs.
- Inflatable signs.
- Moving and flashing signs.
- Sandwich boards.
- Video or variable message signs.
- Roof or sky signs.
- Large signs (>20m2 or higher than 8m) including billboards.
- Generally roof or sky advertisements, however there may be site-specific circumstances where Council may consider such signage.
Things to consider when locating signage:
The following types of advertisements are not permitted:
- Advertising messages, designs, or bright lighting that may distract motorists.
- Signs that obscure a road hazard, oncoming vehicles or pedestrians.
- Messages that are inconsistent with the requirements of Australian Association of National Advertisers’ Code of Ethics and the Outdoor Media Associations’ Code of Ethics.
- The advertising of tobacco products in accordance with the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992 (amended 1995).
- Advertising alcohol products is limited to places that sell such products.