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Signs and HoardingsNgā tohu tūturu me ngā tohu taupua

Council supports and encourages events and businesses in the district and part of that support is in allowing signs advertising business and events. However, for safety and to manage visual impact, rules in the District Plan set out the size and content allowed.

You can erect signs on private property, provided you follow the rules set out in the Hastings District Council District Plan. The rules, summarised below, determine the size, location and nature of signs that can be erected. There are different rules for different parts of the district. They have been designed to ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians, as well as manage the cumulative visual impact.

If your sign does not comply with the rules, speak to a Council environmental planner about applying for a land use Resource Consent.

Failure to comply with these rules may result in enforcement action under the Resource Management Act 1991.

Temporary signs on private property

You can temporarily advertise your community, educational, cultural or sporting event on private property for up to three months before and seven days after an event. All temporary signs must be on private property and not on road reserve, which includes grass verges and footpaths.

All signs advertising the sale or auction of real estate must be located on the site that is being sold. They can remain on the site for up to one month after the date the property is sold.

The maximum area of temporary signs per site is limited to 2.5m2.

Permanent signs

Permanent signs can be erected in Rural, Plains and Residential zones without Resource Consent where they meet the following standards:

  • The sign is located on the site where the activity is being carried out
  • The sign is completely within private property
  • The sign is not illuminated
  • The sign is not on a heritage building
  • The size, content and location are in accordance with the District Plan standards for the area in which the sign is to be erected

Election hoardings/signs

Please contact the Council Compliance Officer in Planning & Regulatory Services for up-to-date information on when election signs can be erected and the size of signs permitted under the District Plan and relevant electoral legislation.  Information is also available on the Electoral Commission website.

Making a complaint

If you have a complaint about a sign that you believe does not comply with the District Plan rules contact a Council planning compliance officer.


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