Outdoor Advertising

Guidelines for Outdoor Advertising Hordings in the City of Colombo

(Private and Public Locations)

Following guidelines shall be followed in considering application to obtain a license to display advertisements with the city limits of Colombo with effect from January, 2010.

  1. Only following types of advertisements fixtures shall allowed on a land or a property owned or maintained by Colombo Municipal Council.

    • 24 feet x 12 feet square type single side display
    • 20 feet x 10 feet square type single side display
    • 15 feet x 10 feet square type single side display
    • 08 feet x 04 feet display / double side display
    • 30 feet x 15 feet square type single side display (only sky sign above 10 meters from ground level)
  2. Only uni-pole (signal-pole) hoardings/structures shall carry advertisements mentioned in the above clause 1. ( technically and structurally recommended for wind force and weight)

  3. No person shall an advertisement fixture within roads and junctions.

    • Independent Mawatha and within 50 meters away from the center of each connected junctions only on connected road.
    • Baudhaloka Mawatha and within 50 meters away from the center of each connected junctions only on connected road.
    • Ananda Kumarasawamy Mawatha, Horton Place, Castel Street (up to city limits) only on connected road 50 meters away from each connected junction.
    • Gall Face Center Road.
  4. No person shall display an advertisement in Independent Square frontage of sport ministry ground alongside cemeteries and alongside Viharamahadevi Park.

  5. Maximum of two advertisement board could be display either sides of park or grounds (Except Viharamahadevi Park).

  6. No person shall display an advertisement fixture on property frontage of religions place of worship, Schools, Universities, other Educational Institution, building of national importance, and archaeologically persevered building, aesthetically important locations and diplomatic missions.

  7. No person shall display an advertisement fixture neither alongside sites of monuments nor within 50 meters of such site in so far as does such fixture not obliterate the monument.

  8. No person shall display an advertisement fixture violating the rights of property owners to enjoy reasonable property frontage, ventilation and natural light.

  9. No person shall display an advertisement fixture in right top of another advertisement fixture.

  10. No advertisement could accommodate at the traffic signal intersection or roundabout distracting motorist view.

  11. No person shall display an advertisement fixture within roundabouts, traffic diversion islands, public parks and center media.

  12. No person shall display an advertisement fixture without displaying municipal reference number or the advertisement. Contact telephone number or name of applicant of advertisement on the right hand bottom corner of the front face of the advertisement. This information on the advertisement should be clearly visible and readable to the public. This information shall on either sides of an advertisement in case or double side display. The CMC approval reference number of the advertisement shall be written on a Signboard with 2 front.

  13. No person shall display an advertisement fixture on a land or a properly maintained by Colombo Municipal Council in following manner.

    • Parallel to a property frontage
    • At an angle less than 45 degrees to a property frontage.
    • With less than 2.5 meter ground clearances.
    • Within 3 meters of vehicular access to premises.
    • Overhanging a carriageway.
    • Where the width of the footpath in less than or equal to 1.0 meters. Where the width of the footpath is more than 1 meter, any part or column of the structure shall not lie within the effective area of footpath.
    • On electricity posts, telecommunication posts, Traffic signals and traffic signs.
  14. A cluster of advertisement fixtures shall not exceed 3 numbers. Gap between two fixtures in a cluster forming a row shall be 5 meter. Distance between two freestanding fixtures shall be not less than 10 meters. Distance between two clusters of fixture shall not be less than 20 meters.

  15. Visuals display on a fixture shall be approved Commissioner. No fixture shall at any time be devoid of an approved visual by Commissioner. No Visual shall display material of disrespect to religion and beliefs, depicting nudity not semi-nudity, cruelty if any nature including to animals or other such deemed objectionable by the Council.

  16. A chartered civil engineer's certificate if structural Safety and stability of the each advertising fixture of more than or equal to 150 square feet in area shall be submitted within 07 days before of erection of a fixture.

  17. Restrictions imposed on locations, size and shape in any of the clause above shall not be applicable to advertisement on banners or short term advertisements of less than or equal to one month display. Maximum period of display of such advertisements shall be limited to two weeks. Locations, size and shapes of such advertisement shall be decided solely at the discretion of Municipal Commissioner. However such advertisements shall not be display on electricity posts, telecommunication posts and overhanging a carriageway.

  18. Restrictions imposed on locations, size and shape in any of the clause above shall not be applicable to advertisements associated with maintenance of Council property under a sponsorship program or advertising criteria awarded on a tender basic. However display of such advertisement shall be governed by a specific set of rules and regulation solely prepared for that purpose and approval by Municipal Commissioner.

  19. The large digital advertising or TV screen (Over 4X6) could be permitted only as sky signs or roof sign above (10 meters or above) without distracting motorist view. The small scale TV 32, 42 could be permitted on the eye level on alongside of the road on foot walk. No any circumstance the large TV screen is not permitted at the intersection on motorist vision limits, closer to road boundary.

  20. The Wall advertisement or advertising on enclosures of the construction work site or temporary cover fences could be permitted with the prior approvals.

  21. This guideline is applicable to all the Municipal, Private and government properties.

  22. The advertising on charity or fund rising project for school, advertising tax may be waived off.

  23. The government advertisement and promotions display tax could be waved off by the commissioner for short duration.

  24. The erection of the advertising hording on the road or public places the erection and excavation permissions should be obtained by the applicant by the authority concern.