Election signs bylaw Election signs bylaw


There have been some important changes to the election signs sites and to the Election Signs Bylaw.

The stand-alone Auckland Transport Election Signs Bylaw 2013 has been revoked and replaced with new provisions contained in the combined Auckland Council and Auckland Transport Te Ture ā-Rohe mo nga Tohu 2022 / Signs Bylaw 2022. 

That is now the bylaw that provides 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.


An election sign is any sign that:

  • may reasonably be regarded as encouraging or persuading a person to vote or not vote for a candidate, party, type of candidate or party, or in a particular way, and
  • are associated with an election, by-election, poll or referendum –
    • in the Electoral Act 1993, Local Electoral Act 2001, or any legislation that enables a referendum; or
    • relating to an energy trust which owns shares in a public utility company for the benefit of its beneficiaries in Auckland.

Clause 17 of the Signs Bylaw 2022

These provisions regulate how and when election signs can 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 26 May 2022.

Download the Signs Bylaw 2022.


Time period for election signs

Election signs on private land, on council-controlled public places specified for election signs or on vehicles can only be displayed in the 9-week period prior to the polling day of that election.  Election signs on displayed legally in other locations (such as a commercial billboard) may be displayed outside that time period in compliance with the normal rules for that billboard.

A Local Board may impose further restrictions on the time period they will allow election signs to be displayed in a park or reserve under their control for local government elections.  Currently, the Ōrākei Local Board only permits the display of election signs for 4 weeks in the council-controlled public places specified for election signs in their parks and reserves during local government elections.  During central government elections the standard 9 weeks applies.


Council-controlled public places for the display of election signs

The bylaw does not contain a list of public sites for the display of election signs but allows for such places to be specified in a control made under the bylaw.  Such controls are passed as a bylaw resolution.

This use of the resolution process allows 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, that is, 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 17KB)


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)

View list of closed or potential closed landfill sites (PDF 13KB)


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