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.
- Find out about the current election signs bylaw.
- Download the feedback report on 2017 amendments to the bylaw.
- Time period for election signs.
- View the lists of the election sign sites.
- View the list of sites for v-shaped election signs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Traditionally election signs have been erected for no more than nine weeks before an election. The bylaw no longer specifies a set period for when election signs can be erected, but they must be taken down before the last day of voting in an election.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to consider only putting up their signs on the approved public sites during the traditional nine-week period. Candidates must also note in particular that most local boards have limited their landowner approval for installing election signs on their local parks and reserves to a nine-week period. (The Orakei Local Board has limited its land owner approval for installing election signs on its local parks and reserves to a four-week period before an election, and candidates should respect that limitation.)
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.
- Master list of election signs locations (PDF 95KB)
- Albert - Eden (PDF 2.48MB)
- Devonport-Takapuna (PDF 1MB)
- Franklin (PDF 3MB)
- Great Barrier (PDF 1.4MB)
- Henderson-Massey (PDF 6.6MB)
- Hibiscus and Bays (PDF 1.78MB)
- Howick (PDF 1.74MB)
- Kaipatiki (PDF 3.4MB)
- Mangere-Otahuhu (PDF 1.6MB)
- Manurewa (PDF 1.7MB)
- Maungakiekie-Tamaki (PDF 2MB)
- Orakei (PDF 1.8MB)
- Otara-Papatoetoe (PDF 1.6MB)
- Papakura (PDF 2.84MB)
- Puketapapa (PDF 2MB)
- Rodney (PDF 2MB)
- Upper Harbour (PDF 918KB)
- Waiheke (PDF 1.14MB)
- Waitakere Ranges (PDF 4.2MB)
- Waitemata (PDF 1.9MB)
- Whau (PDF 3.3MB)
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.
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.
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.