Election signage is not permitted in City parks, on highway medians, affixed to utility poles or trees, erected in a manner which obstructs the free passage or visibility of pedestrians and traffic or in a manner which obstructs the visibility of traffic control devices.
Please review the relevant legislation regarding election signage for regulations regarding posting of election signs. The following are excerpts from the City of Nanaimo Bylaws relating to election signage:
The City of Nanaimo “Sign Bylaw 1987 No. 2850” permits the following:
“6. Permit Exemptions
Subject to all other provisions of this Bylaw and notwithstanding Sections 5 and 7, the following signs may be erected or placed without a permit:
(6) Political or campaign signs erected on private property on behalf of candidates for public office or measures on election ballots provided that such signs are removed within 7 days after the election or referendum. Similar signs erected on public property must be erected in conformance with City of Nanaimo “Traffic and Highways Regulation Bylaw 1993 No. 5000” and all amendments thereto.
The City of Nanaimo “Traffic and Highways Regulation Bylaw 1993 No. 5000” reads as follows:
“23. Posting of Signs
Political campaign or charitable organizations signs may be exhibited adjacent to any highway, upon approval of the Corporate Officer, provided that:
(a) the organization or political party posting or exhibiting them has filed a written undertaking with the Corporate Officer stating the signs will be removed prior to a date not more than 30 days from the date of the referendum or election;
(b) the person or political party posting or exhibiting the signs has filed with the Corporate Officer, security in the amount of $200.00 in the form of cash or certified cheque, that he will remove all such signage prior to the date specified under (a);
(c) the signage is not erected on highway medians or affixed to utility poles or trees or in any manner which obstructs the free passage or visibility of pedestrians or traffic.”
The City of Nanaimo “Parks, Recreation and Culture Regulation Bylaw 2008 No. 7073” reads as follows:
In this Bylaw unless the context requires otherwise:
means play areas, play lots, playgrounds, play fields, trails, public squares, open spaces and other places including recreation or cultural facilities which are owned, possessed or operated by the City of Nanaimo and which are used, reserved or dedicated for public Parks, Recreation and Culture purposes.
3. Prohibited Acts
No person shall do any of the following things in a park:
3.14 Place, erect, deliver, distribute, post, paint or affix by any means any sign, advertisement, handbill, poster, advertising card or device of any kind whatsoever except as provided for under the City's Traffic and Highways Bylaw or in locations designated and authorized by the Director.”