Election signs can be referred to as hoardings, posters, signs or other similar types promotion that are used to display information relating to the election of a candidate(s).
The Council's District Plan provides information around the installation of election signs as temporary signs within Hamilton.
All candidates for the 2019 Hamilton City Council local elections need to be aware of the rules around election signs. Signage information is set out in the candidate’s handbook.
Please ensure the consent of the person responsible for the property has been obtained before installing signs on private property.
The maximum number of signs permitted is on a 'per site' basis, not for each candidate. Two signs are permitted per site, or two signs per frontage in the case of a corner site. Please ensure alternative sites are used if the maximum number of signs per site (including other non-election temporary signs) has already been met.
Non-complying signs are ultimately the responsibility of the owner/occupier of the property. Candidates are encouraged to be aware of the rules to avoid the property owner or tenant being contacted by the Council’s compliance teams.
Through the election cycle the Council often receives complaints about election signage.
To ensure fairness and transparency for all candidates, and clarity for staff, our process on receipt of notification of a potential breach is below:
To reduce complaints and to avoid private landowners potentially receiving infringement notices, candidates unsure whether a proposed site for their signage is permitted should seek advice from Council’s Planning Guidance Compliance team or the Electoral Officer regarding general election matters.