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Fly posting and unauthorised signs

Flyposting can be described as the display of notices, advertisements and other printed material advertising material e.g. placards and posters on buildings, street furniture or along highways without the consent of the owner or necessary permission from the Local Authority Planning Department.

Fly posting is illegal under the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1992, the Highways Act 1980 and the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 and offenders can be prosecuted. The Police have powers to confiscate the equipment used by flyposters, including their vehicles.

If you intend to put up an advertisement please ensure you read our Local Planning Guidance Note 16 before doing so. This guide explains what adverts do/do not need permission.

Report flyposting

Alternatively:

  • Download the Flintshire App! – report it using your mobile device. Submit anonymously or register. Benefits of registering include receiving updates on the progress of your report, ability to see all your previous reports and give feedback.
  • View the Streetscene telephone number and speak with an advisor.

What happens next?

If you provided an email address you will receive an acknowledgement with your reference number followed by a progress update later. If you didn't provide an email you can contact streetscene@flintshire.gov.uk for an update.

Any advertisements displayed on private land and buildings without consent are dealt with by the Planning Enforcement Team who will offer guidance and advice on complying with the regulations and where necessary take steps to ensure their removal. Criminal proceedings may be instigated against those who fail to respond positively to the advice given. Such action is only taken as a last resort. If we find it necessary to remove an advertisement we will charge the owner for removal and storage.

On public land or Council property we aim to remove fly posting within 5 days of the report being received.  If deemed to be a hazard to highway users it will be removed with 24 hours.  We will not remove fly posting from private properties.