Report bill posters
Use our online form to let us know about illegal bill posters across the local area.
Contact the City
Commercial bill posters are illegal
The posters you see pasted or taped to telegraph poles, fences, hoardings and the sides of buildings are visually polluting, and often placed on public property illegally.
Bill posting is an offence under law. City rangers can issue on-the-spot fines to the person putting up the poster.
Fines range from $330 for individuals to $400 for businesses.
Police may also take action if they catch a person putting up posters.
Please note: Bill poster laws relate to commercial advertising. Signs posted by community members to advertise garage sales, find missing pets or to promote local fetes are not in breach of these laws. Refer to the 'Community poster and public notices' section below for more information.
Report bill posters
If you spot illegal bill posters, you can report it to us using our online form.
Have your say about bill poster laws
The laws about commercial bill posters are currently being reviewed. You can complete the online survey to provide your feedback. The survey closes 31 October 2014.
Display posters legally
There are 9 poster pillars around the city, offering a free and legal way to promote your event. The pillars operate on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and all posters are removed every Tuesday, ready for a new selection. The City encourages people not to post over other posters unless they are out-of-date or there is more than one copy of the poster on view. The poster pillar locations are listed below.
|Darlinghurst||Oxford Street, near Liverpool Street|
|Oxford Street, near Taylor Square South|
|Erskineville||Erskineville Road, near Prospect Street|
|Glebe||Bay Street, near Grose Street|
|Glebe Point Road, near Cooper Road|
|Haymarket||Thomas Street, near Hay Street|
|Kings Cross||William Street, near Brougham Street|
|Bayswater Road at Darlinghurst Road|
|Moore Park||Anzac Parade, near Cleveland Street|
Community posters and public notices
Community posters and notices such as those used to promote school fetes, garage sales, markets, or missing animals are not considered bill posters. The City allows these posters and notices to be displayed for 1 week in these areas before we remove them:
- Newtown: King Street eastern side from Church Street to Union Street
- Glebe: Glebe Point Road from St Johns Road to Toxteth Road
- Broadway: Broadway northern side from Wattle Street to Harris Street
- Darlington: City Road from Carillon Avenue to Cleveland Street
- Surry Hills: Crown Street from William Street to Sir John Young Crescent.
Election posters can be legally displayed for 14 days before NSW parliament and local government elections.
All posters must be removed within 7 days after the election.
No campaign posters of any kind are to be displayed in the vicinity of the Cenotaph in Martin Place or the Anzac War Memorial in Hyde Park.
Last updated: Monday, 20 October 2014