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Window signs

Tohu ā-matapihi

Window signs are publicly visible signage displayed on the glass of a display window or within 15mm of the inside face of the display window and include:

  • etched windows
  • window branding
  • window graphics
  • window promotions including the use of decals, self-adhesive vinyl stickers, posters, and changeable message signage.

Key retail frontage overlay

If the business has a key retail frontage overlay then window signage on the ground floor must not take more than 25 per cent of the width of the window and 25 per cent of the height.

No key retail frontage overlay

  • Window signage on the ground floor of a building can be up to 50 per cent of the width of the window and 50 per cent of its height if the business fronts a street or public open space area.
  • Window signage that fronts a public open space area on the rear or side boundary may have up to 70 per cent of the width of the window and 25 per cent of the height.

You should know

If you want to put up a business sign in scheduled heritage places you will need a resource consent.
Check Geomaps to see if your address is in a historic heritage area. Under the results tab on the left hand side of your screen, you will find your property summary.
If your property is a historic heritage property or in a historic heritage area, you will see this under the heading "Overlays".
Read about historic heritage places in the Auckland Unitary Plan. This will help you determine which historic heritage rules apply to you.