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Event signage

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Event signage

Are you putting up event signage around town to promote your event or help people find it?

There are a few guidelines event organisers should follow to ensure effective design and safe placement:

  • advertising signs should be removed by 3 days following an event and no more than 90 days before
  • a max size is 3mx3m, should be set back 15m from any strategic road and be no more than 2m above the ground
  • signs cannot obstruct or impair the views of motorists, pedestrians or traffic signals. Signs must be more than 20m away from a road intersection
  • signs must not be made of reflective materials or use flashing or revolving lights
  • if attached to a building, no part of a sign may protrude above the eaves or parapet
  • if attached to a fence or wall, no part of the sign may protrude above the top of the fence or wall
  • signs must be safely placed so they do not pose any risk to property or people

Make sure you get approval from council of your plans; timing, placement and designs, otherwise you could run the risk of them being removed!

If you’re not sure what to include on your sign, think about where it will go. Will someone be walking or driving past it? How much time will they have to read your sign? If the event is annual should the date on the sign be ‘changeable’? What material should it be made from? Will it be too reflective in the sun?

If you’re not sure what you can or can’t do, contact us on 0800 924 723 or email events@waipadc.govt.nz.