Can I Display Advertisements at Public Places?

Last updated on May 2, 2010

No, you can’t, unless you have a license. The display of advertisements is governed by the Building Control Act. To display advertisements, you have to apply for a license from the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).  If you display an advertisement without a license, you are liable to be fined $5000. (and yes, the advertisement will be removed as well.)

In fact, you can’t put an advertisement on a building without a license even if the building is owned by you. The Building Control Act is rather specific about that. That’s why you don’t see people hanging banners outside their HDB flats. To apply for a license, go to the Building and Construction Authority’s website for the instructions.

This also means that a lot of the random advertisements you see stuck around the area, touting tuition services and home sales, are in fact illegal.

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