Approval to erect advertising signage/Portable advertising devices (Sunshine Coast) - Queensland

Service summary

You are required to check with council that your advertising sign complies with the advertising code under the council planning scheme and has the relevant development approval if required.

  • Step 1 Check if your advertising sign is self assessable. If you meet the self assessment checklist, you are not required to submit a development application to council.
  • Step 2 If your advertising sign is not self assessable, it may be code assessable. Code assessable activities require an Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) application with council.
  • Step 3 If your advertising sign is beyond the criteria for code assessable, you will need to contact council for further information on Impact Assessment IDAS application.

Requirements for this licence may vary within the council area, contact council for further information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Definition of terms


means an advertisement or sign that is visible from a road or other public place and includes a structure that forms part of the advertisement or sign, or to which it is attached, or on which it is exhibited.

Permitted advertisement

means an advertisement classified as a permitted advertisement (e.g. real estate, construction and election signs).


Contact council to determine applicable fees.


Contact council for more information on the current application process and relevant form.

Prior to submitting your application you should ensure the site has relevant development approval to operate your business to prevent the application being delayed.

Additional information

The main purpose of regulating advertising signs is to ensure they are constructed and maintained to ensure public safety and that they complement the surrounding environment. Advertising signs may be temporary, mobile or permanent. The approval also considers any structure forming part of the sign and its location on the building/property on which it is to be erected.

Temporary Advertising Devices:

Temporary advertising devices (ie A-frames, real estate signs, directional signs etc) can be located on public land or council or state-controlled roads without approval from council if they meet the general conditions and specific conditions for the location area where they are to be placed.

Note: Approval will not be given for temporary signage that is outside these conditions. This does not extend to trailers with advertising signage. Refer to the relevant fact sheet for general and specific area conditions available on the Council website below.

Administering agency

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Local law(s) name

Sunshine Coast Regional Council - Local Law 1 (Administration) 2011

Contact details

Nambour Office, Service centre and administration building
Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Operating address:
Cnr Currie and Bury Streets
Nambour Queensland 4560

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Mailing address:
Locked Mail Bag 72
Sunshine Coast MC
Queensland 4560


07 5475 7272


07 5475 7277


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Caloundra office, Service centre and administration building
Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Operating address:
1 Omrah Avenue
Caloundra, Queensland 4551

Maroochydore Office, Service centre only
Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Operating address:
10 First Avenue
Maroochydore, Queensland 4558

Supporting information


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