Department of State GrowthTransport

Advertising a Community Event

If you want to advertise a public event by placing a temporary sign(s) in the State Road Reservation you will need approval from the Department of State Growth.

The Department of State Growth is responsible for managing the safety and efficiency of the State Road network. Roadside advertising and event signs have the potential to create road user distraction. To balance safety with community needs, stringent conditions have been developed that manage the excessive volume of roadside signs from a wide range of community groups. Safety of road users is important and the current event sign conditions is a common-sense approach to manage a difficult situation.

Where events occur once or twice a year, State Growth will allow a community group to display signs advertising the event for a two week period prior to an event.  All signs must be removed within 48 hours after the event.

Where events occur weekly or monthly, such as markets, State Growth will allow one event per month to be advertised and for the signs to be displayed for six days prior to the event.  All signs must be removed within 24 hours after the event.

Applications must be received a minimum of twenty (20) business days before the first date you want to display the sign, in order to allow sufficient time for the application to be assessed and for successful applicants to arrange for the manufacture of the signs.

It is an offence to erect a sign in the State road reserve without written authorisation.

Approval is granted in accordance with the Roads and Jetties Act 1935.

Signs not displaying the Department's authorisation may be removed by its maintenance contractor. Confiscated signs are held by the Contractor for 30 days. For details on retrieval of signs, please contact the Department on (03) 6166 3369.

The purpose of a sign is to inform the public of the event.  For a sign to be effective it must be capable of being read at a glance.  There should be minimal content which can be read with ease.

Before applying, please read the Department's “Community Event Signs for Advertising Events - Conditions”.

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Please call the State Roads Division (03) 6166 3369.