Advertising and Signs Bylaw Consultation

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Publicly visible advertising and signs are an integral part of our landscape and provide important information about activities, events and businesses. Making sure they do not become a blight, pose a safety hazard or contain hateful or inflammatory content is the intent of our Advertising and Signs Bylaw.

After reviewing the 2017 Advertising and Signs Bylaw, our proposed amended bylaw is ready for your feedback.

We're proposing the following changes to the 2017 bylaw:

  • Amendments to the bylaw’s purpose to refer to the needs of businesses, activities and events to be advertised or promoted, and to refer to protecting the public from nuisance, including by maintaining and protecting amenity values
  • Adding a clause to prohibit the erection of signs within the road carriageway
  • Real estate directional signs for open homes and auctions - reducing the maximum height of these signs to 0.9m from 2.5m, for traffic visibility reasons
  • Requiring other agencies to get permission from the Council before putting a sign on Council land
  • New bespoke restrictions for digital billboards (eg prohibiting animation of digital billboards and are limiting their use to transitions between static images, so as not to distract drivers)
  • Requiring signs to be maintained so as not to become dilapidated
  • Requiring signs to be removed as soon as reasonably practicable once the sign is no longer required for advertising purposes
  • General changes to formatting, drafting and standard clauses, so that the bylaw complies with current best practice and to improve the bylaw's accuracy and clarity.

On the right side of this page you'll find the statement of proposal containing an explanation of the changes, the proposed amended bylaw and a table comparing the existing and the proposed amended bylaw.

Submissions can be made in any of the following manners or formats:

  • online through our submission portal - our preferred method as it requires much less staff time to process submissions and is therefore less expensive
  • Download our PDF submission form and email, post or hand deliver it to us
  • by email to 
  • posted to Thames-Coromandel District Council, Private Bag 1001, Thames 3540
  • dropped off any Council office in Thames, Coromandel Towns, Whitianga or Whangamatā

If you would like to speak to our Council about your submission, let us know in your submission.