Advertising on Public Land

The erection or placement of structures, devices or articles including cars, station wagons, panels vans, caravans,  trailers  and vehicle-mounted fixed or variable message signs displaying advertising material on public or  private land for the primary purpose of advertising or promotion,  constitutes development activity.

Changes were made in late 2017 to improve road safety and reduce driver distraction through the State Environmental Planning Policy No. 64 – Advertising and Signage (Amendment No 3) and updated Transport Corridor Outdoor Advertising and Signage Guidelines (November 2017). The changes included;

  • Banning advertisements on parked trailers on roads, road shoulders, footpaths and nature strips, excluding advertising associated with the primary use of the trailer, e.g. tradies trailer, and public authorities
  • Requiring consent for displaying signage on trailers parked on private land in view from roads, road shoulders, footpaths and nature strips
  • Allowing advertising in transport corridors permissible with consent from the Planning Minister or delegate, across NSW; and
  • Minor updates to clauses, terms and definitions.

The change to ban trailer advertising came into effect on 1 March 2018. All other changes came into effect on 29 November 2017.

The changes introduced $1,500 fines for individuals and $3,000 for businesses who advertise on trailers parked on roads, footpaths, nature strips and road shoulders or where trailer advertising is displayed on private land, without development consent. Local council will issue the fines.

The placing of any obstruction onto the footpath or nature strip area is an offence under the Roads Regulations 2008 and you may be liable for on the spot penalty exceeding $500.

The placing of advertising material on public land without Development Consent is also an offence and liable for a penalty of $3,000 under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

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