Display of Advertisements
In order to display advertisements on any advertising board, erected by the Municipal/Community Council or under its initiative, in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain a licence for the display of advertisements by the local Municipal or Community Council, within the boundaries of which the activity will take place..
Who is Eligible
There are no specific eligibility criteria. In case that the pursuit of the specific activity relates to the compliance with requirements provisioned by different legislation of the Republic of Cyprus, the local Municipal or Community Council assesses the fulfillment of those requirements.
Where to Apply
The application (Municipality and Community) for the Display of Advertisement can be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or by contacting directly the local Municipal Council or Community Council, depending on the location where the activity will take place. The application form may vary according to the local Community Council.
Which Certificates must be Submitted
The application form (in two copies) should be accompanied by two copies of drawings of the advertising board on which the dimensions, type and design of the advertisement are indicated.
Fees Applicable & How to Pay
Indicatively, the fees for the display of an advertisement, on a municipal advertising board are as follows:
- Of up to 2 square meters the fee is approximately €17 and approximately €8.5 is charged for every additional m2 bigger than 2m2 for a period of up to one week;
- Of up to 1 square meter the fee is approximately €8.5 for a period of up to one week;
- Of up to 0,5 square meter the fee is approximately €5 for a period of up to one week.
In parallel, indicatively, for the display of an advertisement, on a community’s advertising board, of up to 2m2, the fee is approximately €17 for a period of up to one week and approximately €1.7 is charged for every additional m2 beyond the 2 m2.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorization decision within four months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted. Upon approval, the applicant needs to pay the licence fee, as determined by the Municipal or Community Council, according to the type, period, and size of the advertisement. The payment method is also determined by the local Municipal/Community Council.
Licence Validity Period
The duration of the licence is determined by the applicant and is subject to the approval of the local Municipal or Community Council. The licence is renewed by following the same procedure as described above.
Dispute with the Competent Authority's Decision
How to File an Administrative Action
Administrative Action Against a Competent Authority’s Decision
Any person may file an Administrative Action at the Administrative court against a decision, act or omission of any competent authority or body.
Pursuant to Article 146 of the Constitution, an Administrative Action may be lodged within 75 days from the date of the decision or act or omission or from the day when such decision or act or omission was notified to the applicant.
The Administrative Court acts as a cassation Court and not as a substantive Court. In other words, the Administrative Court may:
I. Dismiss the Administrative Action
II. Annul wholly or partially the contested decision or act
III. Compel the relevant authority or body to take a certain action
After a decision is annulled, the authority and/or public body must reverse things back to the state prior to when the concerned decision and/or act was executed and reexamine.
How to Appeal
An Appeal may be filed against the Administrative Court’s first-instance decision within a period of 42 days from the date such decision was given.
At the Supreme Court (Court of Appeal Section) hearing, the contested issue of the appeal remains the legality of the decision or act already adjudicated for. However, such revision of the legality of the decision or act is solely examined on the matters and the extent that the two parties have limited the reasons in the relevant notice of appeal.
The decision adopted by the Supreme Court is considered final in relation to the matter that has been judged.
Legislation & Obligations
Which Laws and Regulations Apply
- The Display of Advertisements (Control) Law (Chapter 50)
- The Road Safety Law of 1986 (174/1986)
- Municipalities Regulations
- Communities Regulations
What are my Obligations
Persons licensed to display advertisements, are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Display of Advertisements Law (Chapter 50), the Municipal Regulations, the Community Council’s Regulations, and the Road Safety Law 174/1986, as periodically amended.
Moreover, licensed persons are obliged to comply with the terms and conditions of the licence set by the Municipal or Community Council. Such conditions may relate to the size, type and place on the advertisement on the advertising board.
Authorized inspectors of the local Municipality or Community Council may, at any time, inspect the advertising board, for which the licence has been issued, in order to ensure compliance with the provisions of the relevant Laws and Regulations as well as with the terms and conditions of the licence.