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 elections signs?

Election signs can be displayed from the day that candidate nominations close. For the 2023 local government election, this date is Thursday 7 September 2023.

Signs must be removed within 24 hours after the election day. For 2023, this means all signs must be removed by Monday 23 October 2023.

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 only displayed from 7 September 2023 to 23 October 2023
    • Signs must be at least three metres from the edge of the carriageway and 0.5m from the footpath.
    • Signs must be installed at least 10m from any road intersection.
    • Signs must not be closer than 50m to a signalised intersection or before a speed sign.
    • Signs must not be located in, or within 50m of a 40kph school zone.
    • 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 100m of any works on City land.
    • 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.
    • 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 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.

What are the dimensions and materials I can use for an election sign?

  • All signs must not be more than 1.5 square metres in area.
  • Must not be higher than 1.2m from natural ground level to the top of the sign.
  • Must not be illuminated (externally or internally), move, flash, be reflective, be fluorescent, rotate or otherwise cause a distraction to road users.
  • Must not be self-adhesive.
  • Must not use the City's logo or crest.

Do I need approval to display 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

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