Prior to placing election signage in a council road reserve or area controlled by the council, including a park, written permission must be obtained from council’s operational works team, pursuant to Local Law No. 4 and Subordinate Local Law No. 4. Candidates must complete an application for this.
For requirements on state-controlled roads visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.
Election signage is any free-standing advertising signage that identifies candidates and/or promotes a political party at local, state or federal government elections.
Candidates must complete an application to the council that includes:
Council will assess the safety and amenity impacts that the signage location poses when it considers the application. If the application complies with the standard signage provisions as detailed on this fact sheet, it will be approved with conditions.
Candidates can expect conditions to include: compliance with an approved locational plan, compliance with the standard signage provisions, and the payment of a $150 bond that will be refunded following the candidate demonstrating that they have appropriately removed and disposed of all signage within seven days following the election polling day.
Where signage has not been appropriately removed and disposed of the bond will be used to cover the time spent by council officers cleaning up after the candidate.
Penalties will apply to a candidate who does not comply with the conditions of their approvals or candidates who exhibit advertising without obtaining approval.
The candidate accepts liability for any claims arising from the placement of elections signage.
Queensland laws cover the placement and type of election signs that can be placed beside a road. These laws are necessary to ensure:
Candidates should note that the council is not responsible for the regulation of the printed content and format of any electoral signs.
All candidates are encouraged to contact the election Returning Officer or the relevant electoral authority prior to the production of any electoral signage to ensure that compliance with the appropriate electoral advertising regulations and standards are met.