Signage

 There are many different types of signs, used for a variety of purposes. Below is a summary of some of the most common questions on signage.

  • A-frame signs on footpaths are considered a ‘commercial activity on a footpath’ and require a permit. This allows the Shire to ensure you can take advantage of the space while keeping community considerations in mind.  You can apply for a permit here.
  • Advertising signs. Advertising signs are defined in the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme as an advertisement and any structure built specifically to support it.  This also includes commercial signage mounted on vehicles and/or trailers.  Read more about planning application requirements for advertising signs.
  • Business signage is determined by the location of your property, the size of the location, and the style of the proposed signage. Contact the planning department to discuss your signage needs.
  • Event marketing signage The Shire can help you promote your event through our website event listing called "What's On" and community event signage, add your event to create a listing in our  What's On event listing and apply for promotion on community signage here.

You can also read more information in the Shire’s Signage Policy

Do I need a permit?

Type of Sign

Permit Required?

Is there an application form?

Minimum cost of application

Temporary Community Event Signage

Yes

Yes

Nil

Real Estate Signage

Yes -Subject to compliance with Planning Scheme, General Purposes Local Law and the Shire’s Signage Policy

Yes

Planning - Variable

Moveable Advertising Signs in commercial areas

Yes - Subject to compliance with a permit issued under the General Purposes Local Law

Yes

$200 (Local Law Permit Fee)

Moveable Advertising Signs in residential and rural areas

No – providing specified conditions in the General Purposes Local Law are met

No

  • Nil

• Community Group Signs & Structures • Signage on Council Reserves • Interpretive and Path Link Signage • Shopping Precinct and Arcade signage

No – a letter seeking Shire consent is sufficient

Nil

Nil

Advertising Signs

Yes - Subject to compliance with Planning Scheme

Yes

Planning - Variable

Directional Signs

Yes

Yes

$75 for one sign, $125 for two or more signs

Tourist Route Signage

Yes

Yes

$50 per sign

Garage Sale Signs

Garage Sale Signs are not permitted on Public Land

Garage Sale Signs are not permitted on Public Land

Garage Sale Signs are not permitted on Public Land

Safety Advice Signage

Consent of landowner

No

Nil

 

What are the different types of signage?

  • Temporary Community Event and Information Sign.   These are temporary signs only erected in approved locations set by the Shire to promote a community event or information relating to a community group. The majority of the proceeds of these events are returned to the community.
  • Real Estate Signage. A variety of signage used by real estate agents to draw attention to properties for sale. Includes flags, movable advertising signs, pointer signs (small signs located at the intersection of two or more roads, indicating the direction towards properties available for sale), and onsite signs.
  • Movable Advertising Signs. Any moveable board, notice, structure, banner or similar device used for the purposes of advising of a sale, soliciting sales or notifying people of the presence of an adjacent property where goods and services may be obtained. Includes A-Frame signs. Excludes commercial signage mounted on vehicles and/or trailers. There are different controls for these signs in rural, residential, commercial and industrial areas. Please refer to Schedule 3 of the General Purposes Local Law for a list of shopping precincts where a permit is required.
  • Community Group Signs. Generally located at the entry to a township in the road reserve. The structure may feature the logo or symbol of community groups and clubs but does not feature any promotional or commercial information.
  • Directional Signs. Directional signs are non-promotional signs that provide guidance as to the direction of a tourist facility or a community service facility. Generally signage to community services and accommodation has white text on blue background, and signage to tourist attraction is white text on brown background.
  • Tourist Route Signage. This is a series of special interest visitor trails developed in conjunction with representative organisations to link tourist facilities of related interest, attraction or theme.
  • Interpretive and Path Link Signage. Signage that provides information - both advisory and points of interest - on public land, including paths, parks, foreshore reserves, historic buildings and geological features.
  • Variable Message Signs. Electronic signs that have a changeable message. These are predominantly used to advise of changed traffic conditions. May not be used to promote the activities of an individual business - except with planning approval.
  • Shopping Precinct or Arcade Signs Signage. that directs people to a business or organisation located within an arcade or on a side street. These signs feature the business/organisation name, and are not used to increase the relative amount of advertising space for a business/organisation. They may form an integral part of a streetscape scheme.
  • Signage on Council Owned or Managed Reserves. Permanent, seasonal, temporary and removable signage located on Mornington Peninsula Shire owned or managed reserves – including sporting grounds.
  • Safety Advice Signage. Signage that is erected or displayed for the sole purpose of providing advice on safety issues and concerns within the Municipality. Can be either permanent structures or signs that are displayed on a temporary basis. (e.g. - fire ban signs, TAC trailer signage)
  • Commercial Centre Banners. These are signs that are erected within the commercial centres of the Mornington Peninsula to promote the centre to the wider community. These may be freestanding, or supported on existing structures.