Fly posting

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Fly-posting is illegal. It is an offence to attach any poster or banner without permission from the Highway Department to any piece of highway ‘furniture’, such as street lighting columns, railings, posts and bollards.

Those committing fly posting can be:

  • given on the spot £50 fines
  • prosecuted through the magistrates court with maximum fines from £1000 to £2500.

The business/event being advertised can be held equally liable, unless they can demonstrate that the posters were being displayed without their knowledge or that they took reasonable steps to prevent their display.

The Council has powers to:

  • Issue fines and take Court action against those who commit fly posting
  • Remove all banners, posters etc attached to highway street ‘ furniture’, immediately
  • Require property owners to remove fly posting from their property

When the Council encounter fly posting we will initially issue a warning letter to the company benefiting from the poster.

If further posters are then placed, evidence is taken.

Fly posting on private property

Where fly posters occur on private land, companies are issued with a notice requiring them to remove the poster within 48 hours.

In the case of posters occurring on street furniture, the poster is removed immediately and the offender may be invited in for a formal interview.

The removal of graffiti is the responsibility of the owner of the property affected, however the Council will give full advice and help to organise the removal of the graffiti if requested.

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