Approval to erect advertising signage/portable advertising devices (Brisbane) - Queensland


Outdoor signage that is visible from a road, footpath or any other public place is regulated by council in order to prevent visual clutter and ensure public safety. 

Depending on the type of sign and its location in the city, a sign may be classified as permitted (does not require a licence), licensable (you must apply for a licence) or prohibited (the sign is not allowed) under the advertisements subordinate local law.  To be permitted or licensable, a sign must also meet the conditions set out in the subordinate local law.

  • If the property or building on which the sign is to be placed is a heritage site, you must submit an application even if the sign type is classified as permitted.
  • If your sign type is not described in the subordinate local law, you must submit an application (describe the sign as a new sign type).

Service type


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

Eligibility Requirements

Incomplete applications may be rejected by council. Please refer to the following pre-requisites to ensure your application is complete.

  • Written consent from the owner of the property, if neither the applicant or licence holder is the owner.
  • The supporting structure of an advertisement must comply with the Building Code of Australia.
  • Mega banners and road banners - a public liability letter and a certificate of structural adequacy from a certified engineer.
  • Inflatable signs - a public liability letter and electrical safety certification for any electrical wiring.
  • Approval from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads if the sign is within the boundary of a state-controlled main road.

See advertising signs fact sheet for details of the fee levels for specific sign types.

A Level 2 application and assessment fee will be charged if any of the following apply:

  • the property is a heritage site
  • any of the signs being applied for is a Level 2
  • any of the signs being applied for is prohibited in the relevant city environment.


This licence remains in effect for 12 months from the date of approval. In the case of temporary signs it is for the period specified on the permit. You will be sent a notice prior to the expiration of your current approval that will require your immediate attention. If you need to amend details on your approval or require a copy of your approval, contact council.


Contact council to determine applicable fees.

Additional Information

For further information on sign types and classification see the advertising signs fact sheet.

See the advertisments subordinate local law for descriptions and drawings of the different sign types and details of requirements and conditions.


Administering agency

Brisbane City Council

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Operating address: Library & Customer Centre, 266 George Street
Queensland 4000
Mailing address: GPO Box 1434
Queensland 4001
Phone: 07 3403 8888
Fax: 07 3403 9982