In accordance with legislation, posters will be permitted to remain on suitable lamp standards no longer than 7 days after an election.
If a poster is found to be in place at any time outside of this statutory period, a fine of €150 per individual poster will be issued.
In April 2007, Dublin City Council adopted a Protocol for the erection of Temporary Posters/Notices on Dublin City Council property to advertise Public Meetings/Events. This Protocol prohibits the erection of posters on O’Connell Street, Grafton Street and Henry Street. A similar arrangement is in place for the General Election.
Numerous complaints have been received by the Council from motorists and pedestrians regarding election posters which are causing a hazard. Our own staff have also raised a number of concerns. The main issues relate to the following:
- Posters that are obscuring the visibility of traffic/pedestrian signals and traffic signs. Many of the problems are caused by posters that are erected on poles adjacent to signals or signs.
- Posters that are below head height or resting on the ground. These posters can cause obstructions on footpaths and are particularly hazardous to the visually impaired.
- Protruding cable ties that are at a level that could cause injury to pedestrians, particularly children.
Where Dublin City Council staff become aware of posters that are considered to be causing a hazard they will be removed and disposed of.
Please note that our Customer Services Centre will handle complaints about any posters that are deemed to be causing a hazard to motorists or pedestrians. The centre is contactable on telephone number: 2221000 or email [email protected]
The following guidelines may be helpful in ensuring that posters are not a hazard to the public:
- Posters should be erected at a minimum height of 2.3 metres above footpaths, cycle tracks or any area to which pedestrians have access.
- Posters should not be erected on lamp standards with overhead line electricity feed, traffic signal poles, bridge parapets, overpasses, pedestrian bridges, or roadside traffic barriers.
- Posters should not obscure statutory road signs or traffic/pedestrian signals in any way.
- Posters should be securely fixed to poles with cable ties or similar material to facilitate removal without damage to the poles.
Please note that cable ties be should be removed when the posters are being taken down.