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Last edited 24 Nov 2020
‘any word, letter, model, sign, placard, board, notice, awning, blind, device or representation, whether illuminated or not, in the nature of, and employed wholly or partly for the purposes of, advertisement, announcement or direction, and (without prejudice to the previous provisions of this definition) includes any hoarding or similar structure used or designed, or adapted for use and anything else principally used, or designed or adapted principally for use, for the display of advertisements.’
The display of advertisements is subject to planning consent as set out in the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007.
Advertisements may be:
- Listed in Schedule 1 and permitted without consent from the local planning authority.
- Listed in Schedule 3 and have ‘deemed consent’ from the local planning authority provided that they comply with specific restrictions. NB: Local planning authorities can restrict deemed consent in a particular area through Regulation 7 directions.
- Not listed in Schedule 1 or 3, or listed in Schedule 3 but not complying with the restrictions, and so requiring ‘express consent’ from the local planning authority.
- No advertisement is to be displayed without the permission of the owner of the site on which they are displayed (this includes the highway authority, if the sign is to be placed on highway land).
- No advertisement is to be displayed which would obscure, or hinder the interpretation of official road, rail, waterway or aircraft signs, or otherwise make hazardous the use of these types of transport.
- Any advertisement must be maintained in a condition that does not impair the visual amenity of the site.
- Any advertisement hoarding or structure is to be kept in a condition which does not endanger the public.
- If an advertisement is required to be removed, the site must be left in a condition that does not endanger the public or impair visual amenity.
Depending on the circumstances, additional permissions may be required, such as listed building consent. A-boards on highways and footways where vehicular traffic is prohibited require express consent and the consent of the relevant council under the Highways Act.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki.
- Deemed consent.
- Express consent.
- Letting boards regulation 7 direction.
- Listed buildings.
- Planning permission.
- Statutory approvals.
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