Clutter or compliance?

Whether Council is reducing visual clutter, revenue raising or insuring compliance, Palerang has been out and about delivering letters within the Braidwood State Heritage Conservation Area asking if signage is compliant with her Braidwood Development Control Plan 2006.

While a 30 day amnesty from 23rd January will apply, businesses will need to check with council if they are unsure if their signage has development approval from Council.

“Unapproved signs should be removed or development approval sought during this period. At the conclusion of the amnesty period Council will commence compliance action which may include infringement notices (fines). Development application fees for signage are as follows; $285 +$93 for each advertisement in excess of one, or the fee calculated in accordance with the standard development application fee schedule, whichever is greater.”

To check the details with Palerang Council a GIPA (Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009) request needs to be made.

The Braidwood Development Control Plan 2006 aims to “provide consistent parameters for the erection and display of signage including advertisements and advertising structures” and “ensure that outdoor signage compliments the development on which it is displayed and the character of the surrounding locality.”

If also aims to “ensure that outdoor signage does not lead to visual clutter through the proliferation of signs.”

While Council may have turned a blind eye to non-compliant signs for some years, Council approval is required for all advertising sign development unless otherwise stated in this Signage.

Council Assessment Criteria for approval may take into account the class of advertising structure e.g. awning sign, fascia sign, roof sign, pole or pylon sign etc., the siting, location, size, colour, materials and wording of the proposed structure and the number of signs proposed; The architectural qualities, appearance and visual impact on the local environment and streetscape; The purpose of the sign (eg identity or advertisement); and the number of existing signs on the premises.

The “signage should be designed in sympathy with the needs and character of the building to which it is to be affixed and the signage should not become the dominant visual element on a building, a group of buildings or a streetscape.

However special consideration shall be given in the assessment of signs on buildings that are listed as heritage items to ensure that they complement the visual quality of the building and streetscape.

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