There is no formal definition of fly-posting. However, it is generally taken to be the display of advertising material on buildings and street furniture without the consent of the owner, contrary to the provisions of the Regulations.
The Council will remove unauthorised signs from the highway in accordance with Section 132 of the Highways Act 1980 although some discretion will be shown depending on the purpose and location of the advertisement.
It is an offence under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to display an advertisement (subject to a number of exceptions - none of which permit fly-posting) without the appropriate planning consent.
Some guidance on outdoor advertisements and signs and when and how to apply for planning consent is available from the Department of Communities and Local Government.
For more information please contact the Environmental Crime Team on Phone: 0191 211 6102.
Page last updated: 16 August, 2011