Apply for a Recreation Reserve Advertising Signage Permit

Before you can install advertising or sponsorship signage at a reserve or council managed facility, you need to request permission.

Permission to install advertising or sponsorship signage is necessary for all Council owned and managed reserves and associated facilities including:

  • Sports grounds

  • Pavilions

  • Toilets

  • Buildings and club infrastructure (including scoreboards, coaches boxes and fencing)


Application information


Apply online


You will need to tell us:

  • Your details

  • Details of the signage

In addition you will need to provide:

  • A map showing the signage location

  • Full colour designs of signage (including dimensions) to be approved

Once submitted, we will consider your request and you will receive a response within 10 working days.


General information

Criteria for signs

  • Written permission is to be received from Council’s Recreation and Open Space Department prior to seeking approval from Council’s Statutory Planning Department for the installation of any form of signage at a Council owned or managed reserve.

  • Where a reserve is on Crown Land, permission must also be sought from the Department of Sustainability & Environment. The City will refer such requests where required.

  • Freestanding signs for sponsor advertising will not be permitted except where there is no oval fencing or extenuating circumstances can be demonstrated.

  • For sports ovals signage placed on oval fencing must not cover more than 50% of the internal circumference and must have a three metre gap every 20 metres to allow access to the oval by passive users of the reserve. Signage on the external circumference of the fence will only be allowed directly in front of social facilities and must not be visable beyond the reserve.

  • Signage on coaches' boxes or player shelters will be permitted provided it does not cover more than 25% of the internal surface of the shelter and must not be visable beyond the reserve.

  • Signage on scoreboards will be permitted provided it does not detract from the main purpose of the structure nor cover more than 25% of the surface of the scoreboard and must not be visable beyond the reserve.

  • Signage on cricket practice nets is limited to two signs per net being no greater than 1 metre x 1 metre per sign. Consideration must be given to the practice net footings as signage increases the wind loading on the fencing.

  • For tennis, netball and other fenced court facilities, signage should face inwards towards the playing area. Signage should be installed so that top edge of the signage is less than 1.8 metres off the court surface. Signage on tennis court fencing is limited to two signs per court being no greater than 1 metre x 1 metre per sign. Consideration must be given to the fence footings as signage increases the wind loading on the fencing.

  • Clubs must be able to remove all signs on request to deliver a clean venue for Council managed or controlled events.

  • Signs must not be painted directly onto the walls or the roof of any facility, building or structure on the reserve.

  • A copy of the layout (including colour scheme) and the wording of the proposed advertising sign is to be submitted as part of the approval process.

  • The signs must be appropriate for a public reserve and not in anyway be offensive or discriminate on grounds of race, gender or religion.

  • All signs must acknowledge the name of the club being sponsored.

  • Signs must be oriented to display inward to the reserve users and not positioned to be viewed by passing traffic or people beyond the reserve. Sporting clubs are not entitled to enter into commercial agreements to alter venue names

The full Recreation Reserve Advertising Signage Policy is attached for your information.




Page last updated: Monday, 30 October 2017

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