Election signage

An election sign is a sign that encourages a person to vote for a particular candidate, political party, referenda or matter relating to any Federal, State, or Local Government election.

An election sign must contain the name and address of the person authorising the sign and the name and place of business of the printer of the sign, as required by section 4.87 of the Local Government Act 1995.  

When can I install election signs?

  • Election signs can be erected from the day that candidate nominations open. For the 2021 local government election, this date is Thursday 2 September 2021.
  • Signs must be removed within 24 hours after the election day. For 2021, this means all signs must be removed by Monday 21 October 2021.

Where can I install election signs and what are the requirements?

  • Candidates may install election signs on private property, provided that they have the consent of the landowner.
  • Candidates may install election signs adjacent to a thoroughfare (which means within the road reserve or verge) provided it complies with the following requirements:
    • Signs must be installed at least 30 metres from any road intersection;
    • Sign are to be free standing and not affixed to any existing sign, post, power or light pole, or similar structure;
    • Signs are not to be placed in traffic islands or median strips;
    • Signs must not obstruct or impede the reasonable use of a thoroughfare or access to a place by any person;
    • Signs must not obstruct or impede the vision of a driver of a vehicle entering or leaving a thoroughfare or crossing;
    • Signs must be maintained in good condition;
    • Signs are not to be being placed within 100 metres of any works on the thoroughfare;
    • Signs must be securely installed;
    • Signs must not be illuminated or incorporate reflective or fluorescent materials;
    • Signs must not display only part of a message which is to be read with other separate signs in order to obtain the whole message; and
    • Signs are not to exceed 0.8m2 in area and 1m in height (including the posts / frame).
  • Signs must not be placed on any City buildings, such as the library and local history centre, recreation centre, sporting pavilions or clubrooms.

** Please note that these requirements are specifically related to signage installed within the City of Vincent. Please check the relevant local authority’s requirements if you want to install election signage outside the City of Vincent.

Do I need approval to erect an election sign?

Election signs do not require local government approval. Therefore, provided the signs comply with the requirements as set out above you may install a sign without notifying the City. These requirements are designed to protect public safety and visual amenity.

What do I do if I see an election sign that does not comply?

Please report the location of any election signs that do not meet the above requirements to the City -  9273 6000 or mail@vincent.wa.gov.au. The City will investigate and remove any signs that do not meet the requirements.

More information

City of Vincent Signs and Advertising Policy

City of Vincent Local Law relating to Local Government Property