Why have the changes occurred?
The changes have now been implemented by the ‘State Environmental Planning Policy No. 64 – Advertising and Signage’ (SEPP 64). SEPP 64 sets out planning controls for advertising and signage in New South Wales. It came into effect on 1 March 2018 to improve road safety and reduce driver distraction and ensures that where signage and advertisement is approved, that it meets specific criteria.
What does this mean for you?
The introduction of the ‘Environmental Planning and Assessment (Penalty Notices for Parked Trailer Advertisements) Regulation 2017’ now gives Local Councils the authority to give both individuals and businesses fines for using parked trailer advertisements and signage on roads, footpaths, nature strips, or road shoulders. If you fail to comply with the new requirements you could be fined:
- $1,500.00 as an individual; or
- $3,000.00 as a business.
However, you may still use parked trailer signage and advertisements that are parked on private land in view of roads or other restricted areas provided you have consented (to a maximum of 15 years) from the appropriate authority.
The change does not apply to vehicles such as cars, utes or trucks with advertising or where the trailer is primarily used as a trailer eg for trade or transport of goods.
How can we help?
If you are unsure if your advertisement or signage complies with the new changes, we can assist you to navigate these or to help you to make applications for consent to the appropriate authorities.