Unauthorised signs on the highway
The consequences of putting unauthorised signs on the highway.
It is an offence under the Highway Act 1980 to place on the highway any goods or signs which cause an obstruction or include commercial advertising.
Reporting an unauthorised sign
You can report an unauthorised sign, as well as other street problems, through our online reporting tool Fixmystreet.
As the Highway Authority, we may remove any picture, letter, sign or other mark which has, without consent or authorisation or an enactment, been painted or inscribed or fixed on the highway or on any tree, structure or works on or in the highway, in order to:
- consider the safety and convenience of all pedestrians, especially those with poor eyesight, elderly or disabled people and those with prams, wheelchairs etc.
- to ensure the clear visibility which is vital at road junctions, where pedestrians cross, and at other access points
- to ensure a driver's attention is not distracted by any unnecessary increase in the number of these signs.
We can delegate powers to an agent - usually a parish, town or district council, which will carry out the removal on our behalf.