We take fly posting seriously, especially where the advert creates a safety hazard or adversely affects the appearance of a neighbourhood.
We actively pursue and take action against fly posters in the borough.
What is fly-posting?
Displaying advertisements in the open air without permission.
Not all outdoor advertising needs permission. There are a wide range of types of advertising which do not require specific permission as they have "deemed consent" under the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations.
There are three main types of fly-posting:
- Advertising events, businesses or services without the consent of the planning authority or without "deemed consent" under the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations.
- Advertising events, businesses or services without the consent of the owner of the property or land on which it is placed, or in the case of street furniture* the Council as the Highway Authority.
- Flyer type posters which advertise a business but without identifying it (ie just a mobile phone number)
*Street furniture includes all fences or railings at the edge of a road, and all street signage including traffic lights.
Advertising is granted permission
The Council will grant permission for local events of community benefit to display advertising. For example, travelling circuses or fairs can put up advertisements provided they give the Council advance notice and have the permission of the owner of the property or land on which it is placed, or in the case of street furniture the Council as the Highway Authority.
What we can do
The action taken will depend on what kind of advertising has been placed and what is has been attached to. For example, if the advertisement is on street furniture without permission, the council has the power to remove it. On the other hand, if it is on private property but does not have the relevant permissions, a notice is served on the owner requiring them to remove the advertising within a specified period.
So if you see posters stuck to lampposts, street furniture or highway fence or railings, please report it to us as we will investigate to see if they need to be removed .
If you wish to report this issue, the following information will be requested
- The name and address of the person (s) responsible, if you know it
- Full descriptions of the precise locations
- Whether you think it is likely to happen again
- How the incident has affected you
By reporting such incidents you help the council to take effective action that can stop this kind of activity. Together we can make a difference.
What we don't do
The relevant utility company deals with fly posting on cable cabinets and utility sites