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:

  • Signage other than exempt development, building identification signs or building identification signs are not permitted in the following areas:

    • Residential zones (R2, R3 and R4).
    • Conservation Zones (E2).
    • Open space and recreational areas (RE1 and RE2).
    • Heritage conservation areas.
  • No more than one large building and/or business identification sign per building to be allocated to a major tenant of the building.
  • Only one directory board permitted for multiple occupancy buildings.
  • Signs must not be located where drivers require a higher level of concentration, for example at major intersections.
  • Avoid positioning illuminated signs on properties fronting lane ways between residential and commercial areas.
  • Allow only one wall sign per building.

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.