Approval to erect advertising signage/Portable advertising devices (Barcoo) - Barcoo Shire Council - Queensland


You will need this approval if you intend on establishing an advertisement device which is not assessable under the advertising code or under your council's local laws.

An advertisement device is a sign intended for advertising purposes that is:

  • external to a building and visible from a public place
  • internal to a building and visible from a road.

This approval includes any framework, supporting structure or building feature that is part of the advertisement.

If you are advertising on a state controlled road, contact the state department for information on the state government roadside advertising policy 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.

Eligibility requirements

You must 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 undertakes inspections to ensure that advertising signs are complying with the legislation and any approval conditions.

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 2009 Queensland

Local law(s) name

Barcoo Shire Council - Local Law 1 (Administration) 2012

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 advertisement 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 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.

Additional information

To gain approval, your advertisement 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.

Administering agency

Barcoo Shire Council

Contact details

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Barcoo Shire Council

Operating address: Corner Perkin and Dickson Streets
Queensland 4736
Mailing address: PO Box 14
Queensland 4736
Phone: 07 4658 6900
Fax: 07 4658 6137
Website: Barcoo Shire Council (Opens in new window)