Election signs are not to be erected prior to the ‘election period’ and shall be removed within five days of the election. An election sign may be placed on an existing advertising device, for example, a billboard, which is the subject of:
- a development approval under the Planning Scheme; or
- an approval under a local law.
Election signs on private property
Election signs may be placed temporarily on private property with the permission of the land owner unless, in a particular case, the placement of the election sign raises a significant safety concern (e.g. to persons who are lawfully using a road or public place), or the placement of the election sign has a significant amenity impact.
Election signs on state controlled roads
Election signs placed on state controlled roads must comply with the current Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland requirements:
- the Ancillary Works and Encroachment Notice (No 1) 2009 (Appendix 1); and
- paragraph 9.12 of the roadside Advertising guide of the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland (Appendix 2).
Find out more about these requirements on the Transport and Main Roads website.
Election signs on local government controlled roads
Placement of election signs on local government controlled roads is prohibited where the signs:
- have the potential to significantly distract road users
- cause a safety hazard
- detrimentally affect the amenity of the area
- may cause unreasonable operational inconvenience.
Election signs on local government controlled land
Placement of election signs on local government controlled areas (parks, reserves, buildings and fences) is prohibited.
Election signs on local government controlled land:
- should be non-rotating and should not be illuminated or incorporate reflective or florescent materials
- should not project over the carriageway or any surface used by motor vehicles
- should not restrict sight distances on approaches to intersections or restrict the visibility of authorised signs
- for urban areas, signs should be located as close as practicable to a property boundary and parallel to it
- for rural areas where the speed limit is 80K/h or less, signs should be located at least 3.5 metres from the edge of the nearest traffic lane
- for rural areas where the speed limit is greater than 80K/h, signs should be located at least 6 metres from the edge of the nearest traffic lane
- should not be fastened to trees or road infrastructure (e.g. road signs, guardrails, etc.).
For more information refer to the 2.23 Election Signs Policy.