Advertising Signs

If you want to display advertising signs for a home-base business or commercial or industrial use, you will need a planning permit.

Application requirements

Documents should be submitted as digital files via email. We also accept hard copies by mail or in person.

  1. Completed planning permit application form
  2. Written description of your proposal
  3. Certificate of Title from Landata
  4. VicPlan Planning Property Report
  5. Fully dimensioned plans at a scale of 1:100 or 1:200, maximum size A3, If lodging in hard copy, supply x3 copies of each plan
  • site plans
  • floor plans (as applicable)
  • elevation plans (as applicable)
    1. Report of selected materials, colours and finishes (as applicable)

Use our Planning Permit Application Lodgement Checklist(PDF, 276KB)  to ensure you are meeting the application requirements.


Check our Fees and Charges to see all costs involved in your permit application.


The materials you submit with your application, including plans, will be made available for public view. Copies may be made to interested parties for consideration and review as part of the planning process under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Contact us for advice

It is important that you contact us to discuss your proposal at the concept or draft stage to avoid potential delays or disappointments during the planning process.

Written description of proposal

Your description should outline your proposal with as much detail as possible about your intended operation, and how you plan to use or develop the land.

Certificate of Title

The Certificate of Title for your property can be requested from Landata. Fees will apply.

You will need to supply a current Certificate of Title (within the past 3 months) when you apply for your planning permit.


Your plans should be fully dimensioned at a scale of 1:100 or 1:200. The maximum size is A3.

If lodging in hard copy, please supply x3 copies of each plan.

The site plan must show:

  • north point
  • boundaries and dimensions of the site
  • location of existing buildings on site
  • location, layout and use of proposed buildings
  • mature trees and other significant vegetation to be removed or retained
  • roads adjoining the site
  • location of all existing and proposed signs, including setbacks from boundaries

The sign plan must show:

  • detailed elevations for each sign:
  • height of the sign above natural ground level
  • relevant building elevations if the sign is mounted
  • supporting structures 
  • detailed specifications for each sign:
  • content (text and images)
  • colours
  • dimensions
  • illumination or animation
  • materials

Advertising sign examples

Example 1: Photographs of Site Context and Proposed Sign Location(PDF, 584KB)

Example 2: Site Context and Signage Plan(PDF, 569KB)

Example 3: Sign Content and Dimensions(PDF, 468KB)

Onsite inspections

To help us conduct an efficient onsite inspection, please:

  • provide a photograph of the site from the street
  • mark the site clearly with a sign showing the street number
  • peg out the location of the development and tape any vegetation to be removed
  • if the height of the development may be an issue, erect height poles to indicate the height of the proposed development
  • advise whether access to the site needs to be prearranged (e.g. if there are locked gates)