Proposed Rescindment of the Banners over Public Roads and Reserves Policy

Consultation has concluded

A review of the existing Banners over Public Roads and Reserves Policy has been recently undertaken and it is assessed that the policy is no longer required due to:

  • safety concerns associated with hanging banners over roads,
  • suitable alternatives that are currently in place and
  • adequate existing legislation to govern advertising or displaying community information within the road reserve.

The current policy allows Banners over Public Roads at two locations, Clarence Street, Port Macquarie and High Street, Wauchope. These two approved locations listed in the current policy do not have engineered fixing points and it is considered that the act of hanging a banner across a road without an appropriately engineered fixing point is unsafe and poses high risk for Council and the community.

The current practice for displaying Council and community information within the road reserve is to use banner poles, the electronic billboard on Gordon Street and bus shelters, which provides a safe suitable alternative. The use of banner poles, the electronic billboard and 10 bus shelters for displaying community information is managed by Council’s Communications Team.

The placement of advertisement signs, including banners, is legislated under the Local Environmental Plan, State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 and State Environmental Planning Policy 64 – Advertising and Signage.

The installation of any structures within the road reserve, including banners across roads is regulated by the Roads Act and as such any structure installed in the road reserve is illegal unless approved by Council by issuing a Roads Act s138 permit. This permit process is appropriate for controlling requests to install banners where applicants can discuss the use of banner poles or bus shelters.

Due to the existing legislation it is assessed an additional Council policy to govern this requirement is no longer required.

It is therefore recommended to rescind this policy.

A copy of the current policy is available for viewing in the Document Library (to the right of this page).

To share your views about the recommendation to rescind the Policy, complete the Survey under the Submission tab below. Further details may be obtained by contacting Angela Chapman on 6581 8111.

Submissions close on Sunday 25 November, 2018.

A review of the existing Banners over Public Roads and Reserves Policy has been recently undertaken and it is assessed that the policy is no longer required due to:

  • safety concerns associated with hanging banners over roads,
  • suitable alternatives that are currently in place and
  • adequate existing legislation to govern advertising or displaying community information within the road reserve.

The current policy allows Banners over Public Roads at two locations, Clarence Street, Port Macquarie and High Street, Wauchope. These two approved locations listed in the current policy do not have engineered fixing points and it is considered that the act of hanging a banner across a road without an appropriately engineered fixing point is unsafe and poses high risk for Council and the community.

The current practice for displaying Council and community information within the road reserve is to use banner poles, the electronic billboard on Gordon Street and bus shelters, which provides a safe suitable alternative. The use of banner poles, the electronic billboard and 10 bus shelters for displaying community information is managed by Council’s Communications Team.

The placement of advertisement signs, including banners, is legislated under the Local Environmental Plan, State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 and State Environmental Planning Policy 64 – Advertising and Signage.

The installation of any structures within the road reserve, including banners across roads is regulated by the Roads Act and as such any structure installed in the road reserve is illegal unless approved by Council by issuing a Roads Act s138 permit. This permit process is appropriate for controlling requests to install banners where applicants can discuss the use of banner poles or bus shelters.

Due to the existing legislation it is assessed an additional Council policy to govern this requirement is no longer required.

It is therefore recommended to rescind this policy.

A copy of the current policy is available for viewing in the Document Library (to the right of this page).

To share your views about the recommendation to rescind the Policy, complete the Survey under the Submission tab below. Further details may be obtained by contacting Angela Chapman on 6581 8111.

Submissions close on Sunday 25 November, 2018.

Online Submission

Consultation has concluded