Advertising device approval - Mareeba Shire Council - Queensland


You may need approval to display a permanent, temporary or mobile 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 local council may allow certain advertising devices to be installed without an approval. Please contact your council 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 local council as an interested party. A copy of this document must be submitted before your application can be approved.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

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


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $300.00

Fees for 2021-22

Renew Renewal All $162.00

Fees for 2021-22

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
General All Signs & advertising devices - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 2009 Queensland

Application process


Firstly, see if your advertisement device fulfils the self-assessable checklist provided by your local council. 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 local council.

If your signage is beyond the criteria for code assessable, you will need to contact your local council 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


To transfer or make changes to an advertising sign:

  • submit your advertising signs application using the approved form
  • council will process your application within the legislative or agreed time frame
  • council may inspect the location before making a decision
  • when the council approves your application, you can then display your sign in accordance with the approved conditions.


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

Administering agency

Mareeba Shire Council

Contact details

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Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Mareeba Shire Council

Operating address: 65 Rankin Street
Mareeba, Queensland 4880
Mailing address: PO BOX 154
Mareeba, Queensland 4880
Phone: 1300 308 461
Website: Mareeba Shire Council (Opens in new window)