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Requests for new and temporary signs

The council recognises the importance of accurate, appropriate signing for safe navigation to a range of destinations, but also the distraction and clutter that can result from too many signs.   

Signs that may be eligible

Where traffic management and safety benefits can be demonstrated and funding allows, the council will provide signing for traffic to:

  • Transport interchanges – for example bus stations and railway stations
  • Hospitals and other medical facilities, GP surgeries, drop-in-centres and clinics
  • Visitor facilities (for example, car parks and tourist information centres)
  • Public leisure and sport facilities (for example, museums and sports centres)
  • Concentrated areas of single land use (for example, industrial estates, town centres, and large out-of-town retail parks (over 10,000m2)
  • Public buildings - for example libraries and council offices
  • Police and fire stations
  • Village halls
  • Schools
  • Preferred lorry route signing
  • Cycle route signing
  • Large tourist destinations (brown and white signs)

There may be others. This list does not confirm automatic provision of a sign. 

Signs that are not eligible

Under the current sign policy, Surrey County Council will not normally be expected to provide permanent signs for the following:

  • Golf clubs
  • Hotels
  • Guest houses
  • Restaurants
  • Public houses
  • Garden centres
  • Permanent caravan sites
  • Cinemas
  • Theatres and concert venues

How to request a new sign

If you would like to request a new road sign, please read our current new road sign requests policy (PDF).

If your request meets the criteria, please complete an online request form, or use our alternative contact details to get in touch.

For new tourist destination signs (brown and white signs), please complete and return our tourist signs application form (PDF).

Review of our sign policy

We reviewed our approach to road signs during the period November 2012 to April 2013, including a consultation period that ran from 26 November until 31 December 2012. 

In January 2013, the Secretary of State announced that the signs the council are legally allowed to display would change. The Department of Transport (DfT) ran consultations in 2014 and 2015 on the proposed changes. As of February 2016, the changes have not been introduced.

Having reviewed the DfT proposals and consultation response, we are delaying the full policy review until the new regulations are introduced.

Files available to download