Unauthorised signs to be removed

Byron Council is concerned about the proliferation of unauthorised signs across the shire.

Council’s planning and development executive manager, Ray Darney, said of particular concern were signs which might be a danger to the public such as A-frame signs on public footpaths.

“Council is undertaking a review of all signage within the road reserve, roadway areas and footpaths of the shire and requesting owners remove them before the busy holiday period,” he said.

Mr Darney said the council would remove any non-complying signs.

“This is the first stage in the removal of unauthorised signage within the Byron Shire,” Mr Darney said.

“The second stage is the identification of unauthorised signage on private property.”

The council is developing a self-assessment checklist for signs on private property which will help identify the types of signs that are prohibited, allow for voluntary compliance and prevent possible on-the-spot fines.

Mr Darney said it was envisaged an amnesty for signs on private property would occur for six months, however, unapproved signs within the road reserve would be removed as soon as possible.

“Council would like to work with the community to ensure that any acceptable signage is made safe and does not overwhelm the landscape as in accordance with council’s Development Control Plan,” he said.

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