Using the street or pavement for displays

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If you operate a business and wish to place an advertising board or display on the highway or pavement you need a permit from the local authority.

How to apply

You can apply online:


The fee is £67.85.

What the law says

The relevant legislation is Highways Act 1980, Section 115B /115E.

Application process

Once we receive your application we must consult the public and frontagers of the street before an agreement can be entered.

How long will it take to process my application?

We aim to process your application within 21 working days.

It is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within 45 working days please contact us. 

Complaints about displays

We advise that if you have a complaint you contact the trader first - preferably by letter (with proof of delivery). If that hasn't worked, and if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice consumer service will give you advice. From outside the UK, please contact the UK European Consumer Centre

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