Fly-posting

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.

If you fly post you 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.

Report fly-posting

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 we discover fly posting, we will send a warning letter to the company benefitting 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.

Fly-posting on street furniture

In the case of posters occurring on street furniture (signs, fences etc), 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.

Legal advertising and permission requests

You can advertise through the Council on bus stops, roudabouts, boundary signs and digital signage. Find out more.

You can request permission to place adverts on any highway asset. To do this, please email highways@blackburn.gov.uk.

There is also a requirement to seek planning permission to erect signs on Council or private land.

Further information