Navigating the Council Approval process – Let Us Be Your Guide

The council process in many ways can be a mind field with 537 councils within Australia alone; not only that, but no two councils are the same. Each state & council has their own criteria, documents and processes that need to be addressed before approval can be obtained.

The signage industry is no different and many external signs these days require approval from your local council before it can be installed.

Do we provide Local Authority Application services?

Yes! Albert Smith Signs have a dedicated council application team with years of experience working with councils locally & internationally.

We can provide the service of obtaining Developmental Planning Approvals & Building permit Approvals. (Depending on your state this can be referred under a wide range of different name such as a Construction Certificate or Development Planning Permits)

Our Current Management fees for the base service as of the 07/04/21 as per below:

DA & BA Approvals – $1565.00 + GST

Development Approvals – $1000.00 + GST

Building Approvals – $800.00 + GST

Albert Smith Signs & our dedicated Council Application Administrator can provide you with:

  • Pre-lodgment advisory services
  • Obtaining the application forms
  • Collation of documents – Preparing Site Plan & Signage Montage
  • Project Management
  • Lodgment of the application forms
  • Certain post lodgment advisory services
  • Following up Local Authority Status
  • Processing Town Planning Applications
  • Processing Sign License Applications
  • Administration of Public Notice process
  • Supply/Installation of Public Notice Display
  • Statement of Environmental Effects or SEPP 64 Statements
  • Writing Reports Addressing the Council’s Development Control Plan’s
  • Building Reports
  • Fire Engineering Reports – Engaging our independent fire engineer to provide performance outcome solutions.

Always consider when designing your next signage scope:

  • Property zoning and heritage listing
  • State controlled road or motorway
  • Visually not distracting to motorists
  • If the signage is offensive
  • Any environmental impacts
  • The size of the sign and engineering standards
  • Current Fire Regulations & Requirements
  • Sign is Illuminated


If in doubt contact Albert Smith Signs, where we are happy to provide you with the guidance & Services you will require.


Maintaining Brand Integrity With Safety Audits

Whilst designed for a long life corporate signage can deteriorate in our outdoor environment of sun, rain, wind and pollution and there is a legislated duty of care to protect the public from harm due to structural degradation and potential failure.

Our long term customer Big W, engaged us to conduct safety audits of their signage and branding across 50 sites nationally 

This  involved full site audits and inspections of all external building  signage for any degradation and replacement leading to the gradual upgrade and installation of  Big W’s corporate image and building signage

The product elements that we have replaced have all been externally located:

Tenant face panels in the centre pylons – both acrylic and flex face.

External building identification signage of varying sizes – Permasign building letters LED illuminated.

Store entry bulkhead signage .

Flat panel loading dock and ID signage.

Maintenance is about projecting your business, it’s also about safety and public protection!

Contact us for maintenance and site safety audits.