Bruhut Bengaluru Mahanagra Palike issues draft BBMP Outdoor Signage and Public Messaging By-Laws 2018; invites comments within 19th October, 2018

Bruhut Bengaluru Mahanagra Palike issues draft BBMP Outdoor Signage and Public Messaging By-Laws 2018; invites comments within 19th October, 2018

October 5, 2018 Industries, Karnataka, OPS 0

The Bruhut Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (“Authority”) in a Notification dated September 19, 2018, has published a draft copy of the ‘BBMP Outdoor Signage and Public Messaging Bye-laws 2018 (“Draft Bye-laws”). The Draft Bye-laws will replace the BMP Advertising Bye-laws, 2006, upon being notified by the Authority.

The Authority has invited objections and suggestions from the public, if any, on the Draft Bye-laws, which may be addressed to the Commissioner, Bruhut Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, NR Square, Bengaluru- 560 002, or emailed at by 19th October, 2018.


The BMP Advertising Bye-Laws, 2006 were not enough to prevent all commercial billboards and hoardings on public Right- of -ways (RoW) and to establish a comprehensive system of controls governing the display, design, construction, installation and maintenance of outdoor signages and public messages, because of which the Draft Bye-laws has been proposed.


The main objectives of these Draft Bye-laws are:

  1. To prohibit commercial advertisement displays in public Right- of -ways.
  2. To promote traffic safety by minimizing distractions due to signage.
  3. To prohibit usage of materials for signage and advertisement display which are harmful to the environment.
  4. To allow businesses with individual expression in graphics by encouraging flexibility in innovation and design.
  5. To prohibit inappropriate advertisements which are not suitable for the surrounding neighbourhood.
  6. To maintain legibility and uniformity in design of signage and advertisement displays through regulation of size, colours and proportion.
  7. For allowance of non-commercial signs and public messages to be displayed in all authorized signage displays.

Display prohibitions:

  1. No sign should be erected in location that violates the building code, fire code or any other applicable regulations
  2. Signs should be installed as to avoid obstruction of or permanent damage to significant architectural features
  3. No sign should be erected on private property without prior consent of the property owner
  4. No sign, other than that placed by the government agencies or whose placement is authorized by these Bye laws or the Authority should be erected on public property
  5. No sign must be erected in a manner that obstructs the ingress or egress, fire escapes, or vertical pipes.

Exemptions from permit:

  1. Construction signs
  2. Government signs
  3. Festival decorations
  4. Memorial plaques
  5. Nameplates (residential buildings)
  6. Parking lot signs
  7. Real estate signs

Application for Permit:

An applicant proposing to erect or display an outdoor self-advertisement / public messaging or signs must:

  1. Submit separate application for each signage or advertisement and public messaging, addressing the appropriate zonal territorial Approving Authority
  2. Submit an application in prescribed form, disclosing necessary details
  3. Submit the date on which the signage /street graphic is to be erected.
  4. Submit regarding zoning land use and the area of special character, if any in which the premises in located
  5. Submit the details of the printer/designer/ manufacturer of the of signage /street graphic
  6. Submit that on the date of application, he holds a valid and legal trade license to run a trade and that he is not in due of property tax of the building
  7. A drawing to scale which shows:
  • All existing street graphics displayed on the premise
  • The location, height and the size of the proposed signage
  • The items of information proposed to be displayed
  • The percentage of signage area covered by the proposed street graphics
  • Specification of construction or display, illumination, mechanical movement, if any to be provided

An incomplete application or application without necessary details enclosed will be rejected.

Source: Bruhut Bengaluru Mahanagra Palike

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