THE City of Wanneroo says it has been cracking down on unapproved business signs in public spaces, following a spike in recent months.
A statement from the City said business-related signage for local retail shops and services had increasingly appeared on public verges, footpaths, central reservations and even trees, so Rangers were taking action and removing them.
Community and place director Fiona Hodges said people needed prior approval to erect business-related advertising or signage in public places or road reserves.
“Signage laws and policies are in place for a number of very good reasons,” Mrs Hodges said.
“From a safety point of view, the City must ensure that signs will not be a distraction to road users.
“Limiting the number of signs on roads also means that people are more likely to pay attention to important traffic management signage.
“In addition to safety issues, signage policies also help ensure the visual character and quality of City locations.”
The City does allow local community and sporting groups to place signage about their upcoming events in limited locations without approval, but this is subject to guidelines.
Penalties for breaching the City’s signage policies include impounding the signs, with associated costs for their return or collection.
For more information, visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au.