Kempsey Shire Council is proactively reducing unapproved roadside signage in the shire.
Under Council's compliance program, which has mainly focused on rural roads to date, 210 unapproved or non-compliant signs have been removed from the roadside.
The objectives of our roadside signage compliance project are to:
Unapproved roadside signs are typically non-compliant because of:
Many non-compliant signs relate to real estate advertising. Council has been writing to real estate agents about the exempt development standards and advising them of Council's intention to enforce these standards across the shire.
To date, there has been a high level of cooperation by agents, who have promptly removed non-compliant signage.
The legislative context for real estate advertising signage involves three key environmental planning instruments that are in force under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW).
Interpreting the controls can be confusing, so Council has prepared a simple Real Estate Signage Factsheet(PDF, 236KB) which summarises the standards that will be enforced.
For full details, you can view the planning instruments at the links below:
Unapproved signage that doesn't comply with exempt development standards will be subject to compliance action.
You can obtain development consent for advertising signage if it satisfies planning considerations in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
Council expects real estate agents to:
From 1 November 2022, any instance of non-compliance will be subject to compliance action, beginning with a Penalty Notice (on-the-spot fine) in the amount of $3,000 for individuals or $6,000 for corporations.
If you have any questions about real estate signage, please phone Council on 6566 3200 or email us at email@example.com