Maitland Jewish Cemetery. Credit: Effy Alexakis

Maitland Jewish Cemetery Sign. Credit: Effy Alexakis

15. Signs


This exemption is for installation of certain types of temporary signage and signage for assisting navigation of heritage items and interpretation of their significance.

Examples of typical activities/works include:

  • erecting a temporary real estate sign
  • placing a temporary sign in the window of a business
  • replacing deteriorated or tired interpretation signage
  • installing new waymarking signs.

Standard Exemption 15. Signs

General conditions apply to the use of all Standard Exemptions and must be complied with. 

The following specified activities/works to an item do not require approval under subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977 if the specified activities/works are undertaken in accordance with each of the relevant standards prescribed below.

 Specified activities/works:

  1. The installation of temporary signs located behind or on the glass surface of a commercial tenancy window.
  2. The installation of temporary real estate signs notifying of an auction, sale or letting.
  3. Removal, repairs or replacement of modern non-significant site interpretation and/or waymarking signs.
  4. The installation of new non-illuminated site interpretation and/or waymarking signs.
  5. Relocation of non-illuminated site interpretation and/or waymarking signs.

Relevant standards:

  1. Temporary signs must not be affixed to significant fabric of the item, internally illuminated or flashing.
  2. Temporary commercial tenancy window signs must be removed within 60 calendar days of erection and temporary real estate signs must be removed within 14 calendar days after the auction, sale or letting.
  3. Temporary signs must not conceal or involve the removal of or damage to significant pre-existing signs.
  4. Replacement interpretation and/or waymarking signs must not exceed the size of the original sign area and must be in the same location.
  5. Installation of new interpretation and/or waymarking signs or relocation or interpretive and/or waymarking signs must:
    1. not obscure, affix to, penetrate or otherwise damage heritage fabric, including landscape or archaeological features, or obstruct significant views to and from the heritage item. Reuse of existing fixing points is permitted,
    2. not be in the form of a mural or artwork,
    3. be for the sole purpose of providing information to assist in the interpretation of the item’s heritage significance or to navigate the item,
    4. be able to be later removed without causing damage to the significant fabric of the item,
    5. not be of a modular or cantilever structure, or over 2 square metres in size,
    6. not be commercial in any way unless in the form of a freestanding flag or banner associated with a building used for a purpose which requires such promotion, for example a theatre, gallery or museum.
  6. Any excavation must comply with Standard Exemption 8: Excavation relevant standards.