Whitehorse City Council supports election campaign activities in line with freedom of expression, fair access and public safety and amenity.
Some activities require a Council permit, some are allowed without a Council permit and some are not allowed at all. Find out more below.
The Whitehorse City Council Local Law ( PDF 202.61KB) guides Council Officers in making decisions about election activities.
Election Activities that need a Council Permit
|Promotional stalls set up on footpaths or the designated spaces at Box Hill or Britannia Malls and any other Council-owned land||Stalls with a table and chairs, picket sign or A-frame or banner or teardrop sign|
Apply for an Election Activity Permit
If the applicant wants to use the space for something other than a temporary promotional stall, other permits may be required. Please contact Council and ask to speak with the Community Safety Department.
Election Activities Allowed Without a Council Permit
|Pamphlet or flyer distribution||
Dropping election materials in residents' letterboxes
|Door knocking||Visiting local resident and business premises|
|Signs and banners displayed on vehicle and/or trailer when they are in transit||A mobile election poster on a trailer or truck|
|Signs and banners displayed on parked vehicles and trailers or as free standing signs or attached to private structure on private land||
A trailer with a billboard or A-frame sign.
Election Activities Not Allowed (Penalties may apply)
|Signs or banners on a vehicle or trailer parked on Council-controlled land||
Advertising on a vehicle or trailer in a park, garden, reserve, nature strip or road-related area.
|Signs and banners on Council-controlled structures and assets||
Coreflute signs on median strip or council property fences.
|Bill posters (stuck as posters or stickers) affixed to surfaces||
Bill postings on council-owned buildings, council-owned fences, public rubbish bins, residential rubbish bins, power poles and utilities is considered to be littering.
|Placing loose flyers under car window wipers||
This is considered to be the same as bill posting.
|Operating promotional stalls on Council-controlled land without a permit||May result in the impounding of furniture and signs.|
Impounded Election Signs/Furniture
Any advertising sign or furniture displayed without a valid permit may be impounded by an authorised officer. Penalties may also apply.
Without prior written approval, Bill posting (posters) and the handing out of material without a permit may be considered littering and will be dealt with under the relevant provisions of the Environment Protection Act (2017). Penalties may apply for any breaches detected.