A small business owner in Maribynong wanted to attach an A3 sized sign to his home to promote his own business. Sounds simple right?

Well, the Maribyrnong Council wants to charge him over $1200 for the privilege.

In order to hang the sign on your own fence, you need to apply for a permit, and the permit will cost you $1,265.60. This process will likely take around 2 months.

Institute of Public Affairs Director of Policy, Simon Breheny explains this latest example of burdensome council red tape to Neil Mitchell on 3AW:

Is it any wonder red tape costs Australia $176 billion a year in lost economic output?