. Guidelines for Setting Up Information and Signature Collection Points - Jerusalem Municipality

Guidelines for Setting Up Information and Signature Collection Points

​Determining the principles and rules by which to consider and approve permits for information stands used by organizations, associations, and non-profit organizations, as well as information and Signature Collection Points for political activity.

​Primary principles:

  1. Permits will only be issued for information stands operated by entities working towards the benefit of the public or political entities.
  2. A stand is a table - a flat surface standing on legs - which has no side or top covering.  The stand will be of a fixed size and will not exceed 1.60 meters by 0.8 meters.
  3. The permits will be granted for a fixed and limited period of time.
  4. Public order must be maintained.
  5. The appearance of the city, cleanliness and sanitation must be preserved.
  6. Public areas must be preserved for public needs.  For example, the appearance of public areas and use by the public of public areas.
  7. Pedestrians will have access to sidewalks, and public safety will be maintained.  At least 1.5 meters of sidewalk will remain available to pedestrians, and at least 2.2 meters of pedestrian malls will remain available for use by security vehicles.
  8. Simplicity and equality, to the greatest possible extent.
  9. Sale of products will be prohibited.
  10. Distribution of products of any kind, except for the distribution of information papers, will be prohibited.  
    Information stands and Signature Collection Points for organizations/associations/non-profit organizations (such as animal welfare organizations, the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel's Soldiers, etc.).

The principles which have been formulated:

Information or signature stand permits will be granted for a fixed and limited period of time, as per one of the following alternatives:

  1. Setting up a stand for an entire week – a permit of up to one month a year will be granted.
  2. Setting up a stand for 2 to 3 days a week – a permit of up to 2 months a year will be granted.
  3. Setting up a stand for one day a week – a permit of up to 3 months a year will be granted  (hereinafter – "the first period").

In this option only, it will be possible to grant a permit for an additional period of up to 3 months in the same year (hereinafter – "the second period"), and on condition that the first period and second periods are not consecutive.

 

Hours of operation:

On weekdays – from 7:00 to 22:30.
On Fridays and holiday eves – up to 2 hours before the start of the Sabbath/holiday.

On Saturday nights and holiday nights – the activity will begin one hour after the end of the Sabbath/holiday and continue until 24:00.

 

Photos

Each application will be accompanied by photos of the desired area for placing the stand.

Permit

A permit for the allotted period will be granted for placement in 3 places, but in no case shall a permit be granted for more than one table in a given area.

Jewish Quarter

In the Jewish Quarter and the city center (except for Hamashbir Latzarchan Plaza on King George Street), information and Signature Collection Points will not be approved.  On a discretionary basis, stands will be granted one-time, single day permits.

 

Main principles regarding information stands for political parties/candidates for Knesset or municipal elections:

  1. Preservation of the democratic right to freedom of expression and the right to be elected in democratic elections.
  2. Permits for political entities will only be granted for signature and information stands.
  3. A stand is a table - a flat surface standing on legs - which has no side or top covering.  The stand will be of a fixed size and will not exceed 1.60 meters by 0.8 meters.
  4. The permits will be granted for a fixed and limited period of time.
  5. Public order must be maintained.
  6. The safety of pedestrians and passersby along the road, including roads and intersections, must be maintained. 
  7. The appearance of the city, cleanliness and sanitation must be preserved.
  8. Public areas must be preserved for public needs.  For example, the appearance of public areas and use by the public of public areas.
  9. Pedestrians will have access to sidewalks, and public safety will be maintained.  At least 1.5 meters of sidewalk will remain available to pedestrians, and at least 2.2 meters of pedestrian malls will remain available for use by security vehicles.
  10. Simplicity and equality, to the greatest possible extent.
  11. Sale of products will be prohibited.
  12. Distribution of products of any kind, except for the distribution of information papers, will be prohibited.
  13. It is strictly forbidden to place stands along the route of the light rail, as well as at transportation stops and in the Machane Yehuda market.

The principals which have been formulated:

  1. Permits for setting up stands will be granted subject to approval of the Registrar of   Political Parties, according to whom the party that wishes to set up the stand must be legally registered with the Registrar of Political Parties.
  2. Permits may be granted to mobile stands with sun/rain covering (but without side walls).
  3. During a period of two months prior to national Knesset elections or municipal elections, it will be allowed to place information stands for political parties registered with the Registrar of Political Parties without the need to submit a permit request, and without limitation.  However, the stands must conform with the principals as detailed above.
  4. If there are disturbances to the public order, such as the blocking of sidewalks or intersections, placement of stands on the light rail line, in the Machane Yehuda market, etc., city supervisors will enforce the guidelines, and operators of such stands will be required to move their stands to permitted locations.
  5. 5. During the rest of the year and regardless of the election period, permits will be given for placing political information stands at Horse Park on King George Street for a fixed period of time, and limited as per one of the following alternatives:
  6. Setting up a stand for an entire week – a permit of up to 1 month a year will be granted.

    Setting up a stand for 2 to 3 days a week – a permit of up to 2 months a year will be granted.
    Setting up a stand for one day a week – a permit of up to 3 months a year will be granted (hereinafter – "the first period").
  7. In this option only, it will be possible to grant a permit for an additional period of up to 3 months in the same year (hereinafter – "the second period"), and on condition that the first period and second periods are not consecutive.

 

It should be clear that a tent does not constitute a stand.

 

Hours of operation:

On weekdays – until 22:30.
On Fridays and holiday eves – up to 2 hours before the start of the Sabbath/holiday.
On Saturday nights and holiday nights – the activity will begin one hour after the end of the Sabbath/holiday and continue until 24:00.

Placing signature and information tents for political parties / candidates for Knesset or municipal elections:

  1. Every request for an information tent permit will be granted subject to approval by the Urban Improvement Division for the placement of the tent in public areas.
  2. It must be clear that permanent tents/succot will not be permitted, nor will sleeping in the tents/succot.
  3. Permits for setting up information tents will be granted subject to approval of the Registrar of Political Parties, according to whom the party that wishes to set up the tent must be legally registered with the Registrar of Political Parties.
  4. During a period of two months prior to national Knesset elections or municipal elections, it will be allowed to place signature and information tents in the following locations: The Horse Park (on King George Street), the Rose Garden and Agranat Square. The permit will be granted for up to 7 days, with an option for extension which will be subject to the approval of the Urban Improvement Division.
  5. Hours of operation in the tent:
    On weekdays – until 22:30.
    On Fridays and holiday eves – up to 2 hours before the start of the Sabbath/holiday.
    On Saturday nights and holiday nights – the activity will begin one hour after the end of the Sabbath/holiday and continue until 24:00.

Table Placement Permit Form