Candidates wishing to conduct electioneering activities in public space, for example, a stall at a shopping strip or park, must act in accordance with Council’s local laws and procedures. No other promotional material, including signage, posters, flyers or banners, for any political candidacy is permitted on Council land or in its facilities at any time.
Council resources including buildings and land will not be used to support any electioneering activity, Council prohibits any type of candidate election signage being erected on or displayed on Council land, including:
- Council owned / managed parks, reserves, building (exteriors) and nature strips
- Road dividing strips (median strips, traffic islands, roundabouts)
- Trees, shrubs or plants, street signs, traffic control signs, parking signs
If election signage is displayed on Council land, Council may request the immediate removal of the signage by the owner or candidate, or may remove the signage without notification to the owner or candidate.
Leaflet distribution on Council land
Distribution of leaflets and other promotional materials (eg. pamphlets) may occur on Council land where provided directly to another person. Distribution of promotional materials left on parked vehicles is not permitted.
Election signage on private land
No permit is required for election signage on private property, as long as it meets the following requirements:
- It is no bigger than 5 square metres
- It is limited to one sign per property
- It must not be animated or internally illuminated
- It must be removed within 14 days after election day, and not be displayed for longer than a total of 3 months
It is recommended that if installing signage on private land that adequate Public Liability Insurance is obtained. Public Liability Insurance can be obtained by contacting your existing or an alternative personal insurance company or an insurance broker.
Election signage on VicRoads (Regional Roads Victoria) land
A permit from VicRoads is required when election signage is placed on their land, this includes roads, road verges or tree reserves. More information is available at the VicRoads website.