Election Sign Guidelines

Election Sign Guidelines for 2019 Election

Election signs can be referred to as hoardings, posters, signs or other similar types promotion that are used to display information relating to the election of a candidate(s). 

The Council's District Plan  (Part B Section 3) provides information around the installation of election signs as temporary signs within the Matamata-Piako District.        

Candidates may put up electoral signs in the Matamata-Piako District Council area provided that they meet the following requirements: 

  • Signs do not exceed 3m² in area.
  • All signs must be located on private property with the consent of the property owner. Signs are not permitted in a public place, on public buildings or any road reserve.
  • Form and letter height must be consistent with the specifications set out in clauses 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the Electoral (Advertisements of a Specified Kind) Regulations 2005.
  • Signs cannot be erected any earlier than two months before polling day and must be removed by 12 midnight the day preceding polling day.
  • Signs cannot obstruct a drivers vision, cause confusion or distraction to drivers or create a situation hazardous to the safe movement or direction of traffic.
  • Where there is an impact on the State Highway network, consent of the New Zealand Transport Agency is required.

Due to traffic safety considerations, any signs which do not meet the above requirements will be removed by Council/Transit New Zealand staff without prior notice.

Signage visible from a State Highway

The NZ Transport Agency have very similar rules for signage alongside State Highways (e.g. you must have permission of the property owner, signs must meet the same requirements listed under sign format to the left, and may be removed if deemed likely to cause driver distraction). You can view the NZTA signage rules at:

https://www.nzta.govt.nz/assets/resources/traffic-control-devices-manual/docs/part-3-advertising-signs.pdf .

The relevant section is Part 3 (Advertising Signs) of the Traffic Control Devices Manual, pages 3-6. 

Public Safety Bylaw (Part 5 - Control of signage)

No Sign shall be placed, erected or displayed that is not provided for under the Bylaw.

The Bylaw refers to the Introductory Bylaw which allows Council to remove or alter Signs erected in breach of the provisions of the Bylaw and for costs to be recovered. Subject to evidence to the contrary, it may be presumed that a Sign erected in breach of the Bylaw has been erected by or on behalf of the Person deriving the benefit from it.

For more information, the Bylaw can be found on the Matamata-Piako District Council’s website: Public Safety Bylaw 2014 (Ammended 2106)ublic Safety Bylaw 2014 (Ammended 2106) (PDF 1.88MB)