Auckland Transport

Election signs bylaw

Auckland Transport (AT) 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.


What an election sign is

An election sign is any sign or any part of a sign (including the frame and supporting structure) that encourages people to vote for a candidate or party in a General Election, Local Election, by-election, public referendum, or election for the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust.


Election Signs Bylaw 2013 - current

The election signs bylaw sets out provisions to regulate election signs to be displayed on specified public sites, on vehicles, and on private sites.

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, was amended on 12 August 2013, 18 July 2014, and 1 August 2017.

Download the Election Signs Bylaw 2013 (PDF 489KB).


1 August 2017 amendments to the election signs bylaw

In June 2017, AT proposed amending the bylaw to clarify controls relating to the display of election signs. The amendments also remove the present restriction limiting the display of election signs to the nine week period preceding a general election, local election or election for the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust.

Download the Auckland Transport Election Signs Amendment (No. 3) Bylaw 2017 (PDF 422KB).

We consulted on this proposal from 6 June to 26 June 2017 and received 51 submissions in total.

On 1 August 2017 the AT Board resolved to make the Auckland Transport Election Signs (Amendment No. 3) Bylaw 2017 with effect from 1 August 2017, thereby amending the Auckland Transport Election Signs Bylaw 2013.

Feedback report

Download the Amendments to the Auckland Transport Election Signs Bylaw 2013 feedback report (PDF 576KB, 32 pages).


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 203KB)


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.


For more information

Contact Auckland Transport