Apply for a banner licence

Licence to erect banner/bunting on the public highway

What is it for

This licence grants permission to erect or hang a banner over the public highway.

Who can apply

Anyone can apply, but you will be asked to provide proof of holding public liability insurance.

Before you apply

The licensed banner shall not advertise any event product or business that is of a commercial nature without the relevant planning permission required for advertisements. Any such wording or logo size and content shall also be agreed with the Highway Authority or its Agent. Banners of a purely advertisement or commercial nature are not permitted.

The precise location where the banner/bunting is to be erected must be stated. Alternatively, the applicant can supply a plan which clearly identifies the location where the banner/bunting is to be erected.

The licence will only be granted to the individual or firm making the application. It cannot be transferred to any other person or firm.

The applicant shall include proof of holding at least £5 million public liability insurance with the application.

The applicant may be required to provide details of any risk assessment or any signing and guarding that may be required prior to the approval of the licence.

Conditions of licence

Made under Section 178 of the Highways Act 1980

  1. The banner/bunting shall be placed so as to avoid undue obstruction and interference with users of the highway and shall not block sight lines. Where the banner/bunting is erected over any part of the highway it shall be at least 5.2m clear of the highest point of the highway (including a publicly maintainable precinct, or similar) or 3.5m clear of the highest point of a footway or similar and must be securely fixed in such a manner so as to restrict undue movement
  2. The banner/bunting shall be designed and erected with due regard to a comprehensive risk assessment. Such risk assessment shall take particular account of the erection, maintenance and removal of the banner/bunting and the effect of and on all types of traffic that will pass under or nearby the banner/bunting. Proof of compliance with such may be required by the Highway Authority prior to granting the licence and at any point in the duration of the licence
  3. The erection, removal and maintenance of any banner/bunting shall be signed and guarded at all times, in accordance with the requirements described in Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual.The Highway Authority may require signing and guarding proposals prior to the approval of the licence
  4. No part of the highway shall be excavated without obtaining the prior express and specific permission of the Highway Authority
  5. The applicant shall ensure that the banner/bunting does not cause a danger or nuisance to the public
  6. Except where agreed as part of this licence no part of the highway may be closed at any time without the express and specific consent of the highway authority
  7. Any request for an extension to the period for which the licence has been granted must be made by submitting a further application to the Highway Authority at least 48 hours (excluding Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holidays) prior to the expiry of the existing licence.
  8. The applicant shall indemnify the Highway Authority against all liability, loss, claim or proceeding whatsoever arising under the statute or common law, which may arise from the placing, maintenance or removal of banner/bunting over the highway
  9. The applicant shall hold public liability insurance for the duration of the licence in an amount not less than £5 million in respect of each and every occurrence or series of occurrences caused by or attributable to any event giving rise to a claim
  10. The applicant shall accept liability for any damage caused to the highway by the banner/bunting or by the erection, removal or maintenance of the banner/bunting and any such damage shall be repaired to the satisfaction of the Highway Authority at the expense of the licence holder
  11. Any alterations to a licensed banner/bunting shall cause the licence to be withdrawn unless the Highway Authority first agrees such alterations. Where such alterations are to be made the applicant shall seek the consent of the Highway Authority in writing giving full details of the alterations proposed
  12. Nothing in this licence permits the applicant to interfere with or prevent or restrict access to apparatus owned, used or maintained by Statutory Undertakers
  13. The licensed banner/bunting shall not advertise any event product or business that is of a commercial nature without the relevant planning permission required for advertisements. Any such wording or logo size and content shall also be agreed with the Highway Authority in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements)(England) Regulations 2007or any amendment thereto or superseding legislation. Banners/bunting of a purely advertising nature are not permitted
  14. It is the applicant's responsibility to obtain the necessary permission from any property owners to which the banner/bunting will be attached or overhang. Where the banner/bunting is attached to such property the applicant shall be responsible for any damage caused to property by the banner/bunting whilst it is present, including during erection and removal of the banner/bunting
  15. No part of the banner/bunting shall be attached to any street furniture or lighting column without separate written express and specific permission from the Highway Authority. Where such permission is granted the applicant shall comply with all conditions attached to the permission
  16. Nothing in this licence absolves the applicant from obtaining Planning Permission where such is required
  17. The Highway Authority may request a qualified structural engineers report at the applicant's expense to certify that the fixture to which the banner/bunting is attached is structurally strong enough to support its own weight and the loading of any wind or precipitation

Notes

  • The ‘highway’ can include the carriageway, footway and any verge
  • If the applicant objects to these conditions or a refusal by the Highway Authority to approve a licence then he may appeal to the magistrates’ court

Charges

There is no charge for this licence.

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