Political and election signs

The following information reflects Council's position on the use of signage by candidates at Federal, State and Local government elections.

In the lead up to the Federal election in 2016, VicRoads determined that no electoral signage would be permitted in declared arterial road reserves, and that will also be their approach for State and Local Government elections. On the basis of this decision, no electoral signage will be permitted on any Council land and/or roads.

Locations for electoral signs

Private property

Electoral signage with an advertisement area not exceeding five square metres and which is not animated or internally illuminated may be placed on private property (with the consent of the landowner) without a permit subject to: 

  • only one sign being placed on the land
  • the sign being on display for no longer than 14 days after the election or for a period of three months from installation, whichever is the sooner
  • the sign only publicising information about a candidate for an election.

 Each sign must have the name, street address and contact phone number of a person responsible for the sign.

Mobile signage

Signage on vehicles, trailers and/or caravans is permitted subject to compliance with road safety rules and regulations. The parking of vehicles with political signage must comply with all road rules and regulations.

Council property

No signage is permitted on any Council properties and/or at any Council facilities.

To discuss any requirements for election signage beyond these specifications, contact Council on (03) 5422 0333 or via mrsc@mrsc.vic.gov.au