An advertising device is a sign intended for advertising purposes that is:
- external to a building and visible from a public place; or
- internal to a building and visible from a road.
It includes any framework, supporting structure or building feature that is provided as part of the advertisement.
There are many different types of advertising devices (e.g. Sandwich board sign, Pylon sign, Banner sign, Real estate sign, garage sale sign).
Local Law No. 4 (Advertising Devices) 2019
All advertising devices within the Cairns Local Government Area are regulated by Council's Local Law No.4 (Advertising Devices) 2019 ( PDF, 7.99 MB ).
This local law identifies whether an advertising device is prohibited, can be installed without a permit or does require a permit from Council before it can be installed.
If the advertising device is located within the Places of significance overlay under the CairnsPlan 2016 Planning Scheme, the advertising device will also need to obtain a Development Permit for Operational Works prior to obtaining a Local Laws permit for an advertising device.
Council's Local Law No. 1 (Administration) 2016 ( PDF, 4.6 MB ) provides the framework for the administration, implementation and enforcement of Council's local laws and includes definitions for terms used in Local Law No. 4 (Advertising Devices) 2019.
Council's Local Law No. 4 (Advertising Devices) 2019 ( PDF, 7.99 MB ) and the associated amendments to Local law No. 1 (Administration) 2016 came into effect on 9 September 2019.
Fact sheets about advertising devices
The fact sheets below provide further information about Advertising Devices and Council's Local law No. 4 (Advertising Devices) 2019.
- How to read the local law for advertising devices ( PDF, 0.38 MB )
- Types of advertising devices ( PDF, 2.69 MB )
- Digital signs ( PDF, 0.43 MB )
- Illuminated signs ( PDF, 0.42 MB )
- Election signs ( PDF, 0.26 MB )
- Real estate signs ( PDF, 0.31 MB )
- Temporary event signs ( PDF, 0.29 MB )
Prohibited advertising devices
Some Advertising Devices are prohibited within the Cairns Local Government Area. Prohibited Advertising Devices are outlined in Part 3 of Local Law No. 4 (Advertising Devices) 2019. An application for a permit cannot be made for a Prohibited Advertising Device.
Advertising devices that do not require a permit
There are many types of advertising devices that can be installed without the need to obtain a permit from Council, provided the advertising device complies with certain requirements. These requirements for contained within Part 4 of the Local Law No. 4 (Advertising Devices) 2019.
Advertising devices that require a permit
Advertising devices that are not prohibited or do not comply with Part 4 of Local law No. 4 (Advertising Devices) 2019 will require a permit before they can be installed.
Application for a permit for an advertising devices will be assessed against the criteria outlined in Part 2 of Local Law No. 4 Advertising Devices) 2019.
How to make an application for a permit
To apply for an Advertising Device permit under Council’s Local Laws, you must:
- Complete the Advertising Device permit application form ( PDF, 0.49 MB ) and return to one of Council’s Customer Service Centers;
- If the advertising device is located on or over a Local Government footpath or road, provide a copy of current Public Liability Insurance to the value of $20 million noting Cairns Regional Council as an interested party;
- Provide all additional supporting documentation as per the directions on the application form related to your specific type of advertising device/s; and
- Pay the application fee.
If your advertising device is located within the Places of significance overlay under Council’s CairnsPlan 2016 Planning Scheme, you will also need to obtain a Development Permit for Operational Works before you can make an application for a Local law permit. Refer to Council’s Development Application webpage for information on how to make an application for an Operational works permit.
Permit application fees
There are fees for making, amending, transferring and renewing a permit under Council's Local Laws. Refer to Council's Fees and Charges Schedule for a full list of the fees and charges relating to permits under Council's Local Laws.