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Advertising device approval - Carpentaria Shire Council - Queensland


You may need approval to display a permanent, temporary or portable advertising device. An advertising device is a sign that is visible from a road or other public place, providing information or directions.

An advertising sign also includes any framework, supporting structure or building feature that is part of the advertisement.

If you are advertising on a State controlled road, please contact the State department as you may require a road corridor permit.

Service type


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


Your council or local authority may allow certain advertising devices to be installed without an approval. Please use the contact details below for more information.

Eligibility requirements

To gain approval, your sign must:

  • be structurally sound
  • not significantly obstruct or distract vehicular or pedestrian traffic
  • be exhibited according to applicable environmental protection policies
  • bear a reasonable relationship to the dimensions of surrounding buildings and allotments so that its presence is not overly dominating or oppressive, and it does not unreasonably obstruct existing views
  • be consistent in colour and appearance with buildings and natural features of the environment in which you plan to place it
  • be consistent with the character and values of the environment in which it is placed.

You must also have public liability insurance if your sign is located on or over public land and name your council or local authority as an interested party. A copy of this document must be submitted before your application can be approved.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Your council or local authority may undertake inspections to ensure that advertising signs continue to comply with the legislation and any approval conditions.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Please contact your council for information on fees to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 2009 Queensland

Application process


Firstly, see if your advertising device fulfils the self-assessable checklist provided by your council or local authority. Approval is not required if your advertisement satisfies each criterion.

If your signage is not self-assessable, it may be code assessable. Code assessable activities require a development assessment application with your council or local authority.

If your signage is beyond the criteria for code assessable, you will need to contact your council or local authority for further information on an Impact Assessment development application.

Once you have your planning approval, you can apply for advertising device approval.

Your application must include:

  • evidence that you have either received or applied for development approval
  • the written consent of the owner or occupier of the place in which you intend to exhibit the advertisement (if you do not control the space).

Transfer process


If you intend to take over an existing advertising sign, you may apply to search council or local authority records for information on the current advertising sign and the conditions of the approval. This process may require written permission from the vendor.

To transfer or make changes to an advertising sign, you will need to submit your advertising signs application using the approved form. The council or local authority will process your application within the legislative or agreed time frame and may inspect the location before making a decision. When your application is approved, you can then display your sign in accordance with the approved conditions.

Administering agency

Carpentaria Shire Council

Contact details

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