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Use this page to understand:
- if you need a permit for your campaign
- which campaign activities are considered non-compliant
- how you can report non-compliant campaign activity to Council.
If you want to place banners, posters, signs and stickers around the City of Boroondara to promote someone or something, you must follow the rules laid down in our Amenity Local Law and the Boroondara Planning Scheme.
The Amenity Local Law and the Boroondara Planning Scheme cover promotional activities, including state, federal and local government election campaigns and referendums.
The City of Boroondara supports campaign activities in line with freedom of expression, fair access and public safety and amenity.
Do I need a permit?
Promotional activities for elections or referendums might be:
- allowed without a permit
- allowed with a permit
- not allowed.
This will depend on the type of activity and the location, including whether it is on private or council-owned land.
Election or referendum promotion at a specific location, such as an early voting centre, may require additional restrictions based on space available to ensure public access and amenity (such as limiting the number of A-frames).
Activities allowed without a permit
|Pamphlet or flyer distribution
Dropping election or referendum materials in residents' letterboxes
Handing out election or referendum materials on a footpath
|Door knocking to promote a candidate or outcome
|Signs and banners displayed on vehicle and/or trailer when they are in transit or are parked on a road
|Trailer parked in a car space on a road
|Signs and banners displayed on parked vehicles and trailers on private land
|A trailer with a billboard or A-frame sign
|Signs and banners displayed on private land or private structures
A real estate sign displayed on a fence.
Large scale posters attached to shopfront windows.
Activities allowed with a permit
|Free-standing signs or banners displayed on Council-controlled land
|Picket signs, A-frames, banners or teardrop signs on a footpath
|Promotional stalls set up on footpaths
|Table and chairs set up on a footpath
Activities not allowed
|Signs or banners on a vehicle, bicycle or trailer parked on Council-controlled land
|Advertising on a vehicle or trailer in a park, garden, reserve, nature strip or road related area like emergency stop lane.
|Signs and banners on Council-controlled structures and assets
|Bill postings on Council-owned buildings, Council-owned fences, public rubbish bins, residential rubbish bins, power poles and utilities.
|Promotional stalls on Council-controlled land
Apply for a permit
If you need a permit for your promotional activities on Council-controlled land, you need to complete our Occupy Council-controlled land form.
If you don’t comply with requirements
If you don’t follow the requirements above:
- you might be fined
- your vehicle/trailer may be towed or impounded
- your signs may be impounded.
For more information on offences, penalties and infringement notices, read our Amenity Local Laws in the Downloads section on this page.