2.17.1 General Requirements for Signage


  1. Encourage signage of a high quality design and finish that is compatible with the architectural character of building or sites;
  2. Limit signage to not adversely impact on the amenity of the streetscapes through visual clutter;
  3. To ensure that signage presents as a secondary, subservient feature of the development;
  4. Protect the heritage integrity of the Camden LGA by ensuring all signs remain sympathetic to the heritage character of buildings or heritage conservation area; and
  5. Ensure signage does not interfere with road traffic and pedestrian safety.

Note: Signage types which are specified in an Environmental Planning Instrument as exempt development do not require development consent. These include State Environmental Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 and Camden Local Environmental Plan 2010.


The following controls apply to all signage as defined in this section:

  1. The location, quantity, type, colour, design and size of all signage must not detract from the amenity and character of the land or building to which it relates.
  2. All signage must be consistent with the scale of the building or the property on which it is located.
  3. All signage must align with an approved or exempt land use being conducted on the land to which the sign is displayed. Signs or banners approved by Council under Policy 2.8 Signs and Banners are exempted.
  4. All signage must remain within the property boundary except in the case of a sign attached to an awning over the footpath.

Note: Notwithstanding the controls within this chapter, signage requirements may differ within a heritage item or in a heritage conservation area (refer to 2.16.4 of this DCP). The extent of permitted signage may be limited to minimise impacts upon the heritage item or heritage conservation area.


Signs and Road Safety

  1. Signage must not interfere with road and pedestrian safety and must adhere to the following controls:
    1. The location of signs must not obscure views of traffic signs or traffic signals or have the potential to cause confusion with traffic signs or traffic signals.
    2. The location of signs must not interfere with the view of oncoming vehicles, pedestrians or a road hazard or obstruction which should be visible to drivers or other road users.
    3. Signs must not be located at a major intersection, pedestrian crossing or at merging or diverging lanes.
    4. Signs must not consist of flashing, electronic, running or moving signs or signage with an intensity of lighting sufficient to impair driver vision or distract driver attention.