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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.

Consultation: closed midnight 26 June 2017.


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 and 18 July 2014.


Proposed amendments to the election signs bylaw

AT proposes amending the bylaw to clarify controls relating to the display of election signs. It will 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.

No other reasonably practical options have been identified other than not making the proposed amendments. The advantages of the proposed amendments are:

  • the amended controls for election signs will provide greater clarity to those wishing to display election signs; and
  • the removal of the temporal restriction for the display of election signs will provide greater flexibility to both Auckland Transport as the controller of specified sites on public places, and to those wishing to display election signs and to as to the period during which election signs may be displayed.

No disadvantage has been identified regarding the proposed amendments to controls for election signs. In relation to the removal of the temporal restriction for the display of election signs, the possibility for display of election signs on private sites during periods other than the nine weeks immediately preceding an election and reduction in amenity has been identified as a possible disadvantage.

The display of election signs on specified sites within the road corridor remains at the discretion of Auckland Transport.

The proposed amendments to the bylaw made are to be made by AT under the Land Transport Act 1998 (“Act”). AT does not consider the likely impact on the public due to the proposed amendments to be significant.

Have your say

Feedback was open from 7 June until midnight, 26 June 2017.

We asked these questions:

  1. What do you think about the proposed amendments?
  2. What changes would you make to the proposed amendments?
  3. Would you like to see any additional amendments?

Next steps

AT will summarise the feedback received, consider the views presented and make a decision. We will then produce a report, which will include our decision. We will publish the report here on the web page.

If you provided contact details with your submission, we will notify you when the report is available.

We expect to make a final decision on the amendments by early August 2017.


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