Hume City Council advises all candidates who have nominated in the forthcoming Federal Election 2019 that political advertising is not permitted on Hume City Council property including Council’s road reserve.
Hume City Council is the Responsible Authority for local roads under the Road Management Act 2004. As such, Council land also includes road reserves.
While political advertising is not permitted on Council land or road reserves, the Hume Planning Scheme (HPS) outlines that a Planning Permit is not required on private property provided such political advertising meets the criteria as outlined in 52.05-4 as follows:
Hume Planning Scheme 52.05- 10 Signs not requiring a permit
A permit is not required to display the following signs:
- A sign with an advertisement area not exceeding 5 square metres publicising a local educational, cultural, political, religious, social or recreational event not held for commercial purposes. Only one sign may be displayed on the land, it must not be an animated or internally-illuminated sign and it must not be displayed longer than 14 days after the event is held or 3 months, whichever is sooner. A sign publicising a local political event may include information about a candidate for an election.
Signage outside these parameters may require a Planning Permit which will be required before the signage is utilized. The above applies to private land only (approval of private land holders would be required).
Failure to comply with the above will result in a Planning Infringement Notice being issued to both the owner of the land and the candidate to the current amount of between $806.00 and $1612.00.