Advertisements can have a serious effect on the visual appearance of many areas, particularly in the countryside and conservation areas. You may need to apply to display an advertisement bigger than 0.3 square metres on the front of, or outside, your property.
The planning regime for larger, professional adverts, signs for businesses and so on is complex.
All outdoor advertisements must comply with these five 'standard conditions':
- be kept clean and tidy
- be kept in a safe condition
- have 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)
- not obscure, or hinder the interpretation of, official road, rail, waterway or aircraft signs, or otherwise make hazardous the use of these types of transport
- be removed carefully where so required by the planning authority
See Outdoor advertisements and signs: a guide for advertisers for a detailed explanation of the planning regime for adverts and signs.