Election signage

Council controlled land (including road reserves)

Election signs are not permitted on Council controlled land. ‘Council land’ also includes all roads or streets within the municipality. This prohibition also applies to signs and banners attached to a verandah or awning which may overhang Council land.

Private land

There are state-wide requirements in the Planning Scheme (Clause 52.05-10) which apply to the placement of election signs on private land. An election sign is permitted on private land without a planning permit, as long as it meets the following criteria:

• The advertising area of the sign does not exceed five square metres

• Only one sign may be displayed on each separate property

• Signs must not be animated or internally illuminated

• Signs must not be displayed longer than 14 days after the election is held or 3 months, whichever is sooner.

Multiple signs for one or more election candidate(s) on a single private property are not permitted without a planning permit.  This also includes multiple copies of the same sign located on an individual property.

Candidates are expected to adhere to the above requirements and are responsible for any non-compliant election signs which may be erected on their behalf.

Council may remove non-compliant signs where located on Council land and retain them for collection by the candidate.

Property owners, as well as candidates, face financial penalties under the provisions of the Nillumbik Planning Scheme in relation to a non-compliant sign. However, this is not Council’s preferred course of action and we seek the co-operation of candidates in fully complying with the above requirements.