We take fly-posting seriously, especially where the advert creates a safety hazard or adversely affects the appearance of a neighbourhood.
Fly-posting is displaying advertisements without the permission of the property owner. In some cases, we might be the owner, for example, highway structures such as railings at the edge of a road, street signage and traffic lights. In this case, the advertiser must ask for permission from the council.
For example, travelling circuses or fairs can put up advertisements if they give advance notice, but only if they have the permission of the owner of the property or land on which it is placed, which in the case of street furniture is the council as the Highway Authority.
Estate agents may put up boards advertising that a property is for sale or to let, but the regulations contain limitations as to the display of such boards, examples of which are:
not more than 1 advertisement is permitted at one location
the advertisement must be removed within 14 days after the completion of a sale or the grant of a tenancy and must not be fixed permanently to the building
We may grant permission for local events of community benefit to display advertising on highway structures or private property.
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, we have the power to remove it. 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. If the owner did not know the advertising had been attached to their property, we may remove it on their behalf.
If you see posters stuck to lampposts, street furniture or highway fence or railings, report it to us.
What we need to know
The name and address of the person(s) responsible, if you know it