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Election signs bylaw

Auckland Transport has made an election signs bylaw to provide for a consistent set of controls for election signs and a system of determining where election signs can be displayed across all of Auckland, for parliamentary and local authority elections.


Election Signs Bylaw 2013

The bylaw sets out provisions to regulate election signs to be displayed on specified public sites, on vehicles and on private sites. This bylaw replaces a variety of provisions for the display of election signs that were put in place across Auckland by the previous legacy councils.

The main purpose of the bylaw is to ensure that safety issues are considered and amenity values are retained when candidates erect election signs. The aim is to provide certainty for candidates, political parties and the public by having a consistent set of controls for the display of election signs on public sites, private sites and on vehicles.

The bylaw was made on 30 May 2013 and was amended on 12 August 2013.


Election sign sites

The bylaw does not contain a list of public sites for the display of election signs but allows for such sites to be specified by resolution.

This use of the resolution process will allow for flexibility to have additional sites added (or, if necessary, sites removed from the list) without the need to modify the bylaw.


List of election sign sites


List of sites for v-shaped election signs

Certain sites have been identified as suitable for the display of v-shaped election signs. Note that a candidate standing for election for more than one role (councillor, local board member, DHB or licensing trust) can have more than one sign on a specified public site, ie; a sign for each candidacy for which the candidate is seeking election. However, a candidate that advertises their candidacies for more than one role on a v-shaped election sign would be limited to one sign on a specified site and not permitted to have another sign in addition to the v-shaped election sign. Sites not included on this list must not be used for the display of v-shaped signs.

View list of sites for v-shaped election signs (PDF 16kb)


Protocol for sign installation/removal in closed or potentially closed landfill sites

A number of election sign sites have been identified as being located within closed landfill or potentially closed landfill sites. Sign installation and removal in these areas must be undertaken with caution and the protocol taken into consideration.

View protocol for sign installation or removal in closed or potentially closed landfill sites (PDF 33kb)


Auckland Council will be administering the bylaw. For general enquiries, to request a service or make a complaint regarding this bylaw, please contact Auckland Council.


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