Sign Planning Permit Application Checklist

A planning permit may or may not be required to display a sign. Before you start, the following information should be confirmed with a Council Planner:

  • If a planning permit* is required
  • If other planning controls or conditions apply
  • If an application can be made under VicSmart*

If a planning permit is required, a planning permit application must be lodged with Council for assessment and accompanied with the following information:

Forms, fees and documents

  • Completed Planning Permit Application form
  • Paid Planning Permit Application fee
  • Copy of Title dated not more than 60 days old including:
    • Plan of Subdivision or Title Plan
    • Restrictive Covenants (if any)
    • Section 173 Agreements (if any)

Plans

  • Three copies of plans including (but not limited to):
    • Drawn to scale
    • One A3 size copy
  • Site Plan including:
    • North point
    • Boundaries and dimensions of the site
    • Location and use of buildings and works on the site and on adjoining land
    • Adjoining roads
    • Location of the proposed sign on the site or building and distance from property boundaries
    • The location and size of existing signs on the site including details of any signs to be retained or removed
  • Layout Plan including:
    • North point
    • The size of the proposed display (total advertising area including all sides of a multi-sided sign)
    • Illumination and animation details (if proposed) including hours of operation
  • Elevation Plan including:
    • The dimensions, height above ground level and extent of projection of the proposed sign
    • The height, width and depth of the total sign structure

Reports (confirm if required with Council Statutory Planner)

  • An application to display a sign must be accompanied by the following information, as appropriate:
    • A site context report, using a site plan, photographs or other methods to accurately describe:
      • The dimensions, height above ground level and extent of projection of the proposed sign
      • The location of the proposed sign on the site or building and distance from property boundaries
      • The location and size of existing signage on the site including details of any signs to be retained or removed.
      • The location and form of existing signage on abutting properties and in the locality.
      • The location of closest traffic control signs.
      • Identification of any view lines or vistas that could be affected by the proposed sign.
  • The dimensions, height above ground level and extent of projection of the proposed sign.
  • The height, width, depth of the total sign structure including method of support and any associated structures such as safety devices and service platforms.
  • Details of associated on-site works.
  • Details of any form of illumination including details of baffles and the times at which the sign would be illuminated.
  • The colour, lettering style and materials of the proposed sign.
  • The size of the display (total advertising area including all sides of a multi-sided sign).
  • The location of any corporate logo box and proportion of display area occupied by such a logo box.
  • For animated or electronic signs, a report addressing the decision guidelines at Clause 52.05-3 relating to road safety.
  • Any landscaping details
  • For any sign over 18 square metres in area:
    • A description of the existing character of the area including built form and landscapes.
    • The location of any other signs over 18 square metres, or scrolling, electronic or animated signs within 200 metres of the site.
    • Any existing identifiable advertising theme in the area.
    • Photo montages or a streetscape perspective of the proposed sign.
    • Level of illumination including:
      • lux levels for any sign on or within 60 metres of a Road Zone or a residential zone or public use zone;
      • the dwell and change time for any non-static images.
  • Planning Report including a response to:
    • Relevant zone
    • Relevant overlays
    • Relevant state and local planning policy
    • Relevant particular provisions
  • Other site conditions may apply
  • Other requirements may apply i.e. VicRoads
  • Any relevant correspondence from other agencies

Terms explained

Planning Permit
A planning permit is a legal document that allows a certain use and/or development on land. A planning permit is not a building permit. You may need to obtain both a building permit and a planning permit.
visit the Vic Planning website for more information

Planning Scheme
Under Victoria's planning system, local councils and the State Government develop planning schemes to control land use and development. They contain planning policies, zones, overlays and other provisions that affect how land can be used and developed.
Visit Planning Scheme website for more information

VicSmart
VicSmart is a streamlined assessment process for straightforward planning permit applications. Key features of VicSmart include:

  • a 10 day permit process
  • applications are not advertised
  • information to be submitted with an application and what council can consider is pre-set
  • the Chief Executive Officer of the council or delegate decides the application.

Visit the Vic Planning website for more information

Lodgement

Planning permit applications may be lodged by:

  • post:
    Statutory Planning                                
    Latrobe City Council                             
    PO Box 264                                         
    MORWELL VIC 3844                           
  • in person:
    Latrobe City Corporate Headquarters
    141 Commercial Road, Morwell

Disclaimer

This checklist is a trial undergoing review by May 2018. Feedback on the checklist to Council is welcome. The checklist has been prepared to assist with the satisfactory information required to be submitted with a planning application. An initial assessment will be undertaken upon receipt of the application to ensure that the information is satisfactory in accordance with the Planning Scheme and Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Victoria). Please note that additional information may be required after the completion of the initial assessment. This publication may be of assistance to you but the State of Victoria and Local government authorities (Latrobe City, Baw Baw Shire, Wellington Shire) and its employees do not guarantee that the publication is without flaw of any kind or is wholly appropriate for your particular purposes and therefore disclaims all liability for any error, loss or other consequence which may arise from you relying on any information in this publication.