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Banners on the roadside

Are banners allowed on the public highway?

The fixing or placing of banners over the highway is unlawful without having first obtained the consent from us as the highway authority.

Consent will not be given to any banner containing direct commercial or sponsorship advertising. The fixing of banners to trees or street furniture is also not allowed.

Charitable organizations may apply to us, as the highway authority, for a licence to place a banner over/across the highway, but not on pedestrian guardrails except for designated sites.

The purpose of banners is to provide effective publicity for local charitable, cultural and educational events. Promotion of these events and activities should be both appropriate and of benefit to Surrey and the surrounding area, with minimal environmental impact. Activities and events should serve both local population and visitors to the area without prejudice.

What are the different types of banner sites?

There are 2 types of banner sites available in Surrey,

Pedestrian guardrails – these will be alongside the roadside

Overhead - across the carriageway between two fixing points.

How do I apply for a banner to be erected on alongside or above the highway?

If you wish to apply for a banner to be erected on pedestrian guardrails in one of the designated sites, please first read the guidance notes below and apply by completing the application form and submitting a payment. If you have any queries regarding designated sites, please contact the highways office.
If you wish to erect an overhead banner, please first read the guidance notes below and apply by completing the online application form. If you have any queries regarding designated sites, please contact the highways office.

A request to place a banner over the highway must be made six weeks before the date of the proposed installation. This will give sufficient time to process the application and resolve any difficulties that may arise with the siting and the paperwork.

Click here to view approved sites with links to application forms.

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What documentation is required when requesting to display a banner?

The follow information is required when requesting to use a banner site. When you submit you form with payment you will be sent an email confirming your request. Please reply to this email attaching the relevant documentation.

Documentation required

Pedestrian guardrail

Overhead

Certified copy of current certificate of public liability insurance of £5 million
Diagram of banner fully dimensioned including lettering
Method statement for installation, maintenance and removal of the banner using approved council contractor
Copy of written consent from the owner(s) of the fixing points to use them
Copy of structural adequacy certificate (obtained from owners of fixing points)

What are the terms and conditions when displaying a banner on the highway?

To display a banner on or across the highway the applicant must adhere to the terms and conditions set by Surrey County Council.

How do I apply for a banner to be erected on alongside or above the highway?

You can apply to use a specific banner site on-line by filling out an application form and making a payment from a debit or credit card. View approved sites with links to application forms.

What if I want to use a site that is not currently approved?

If you would like to use a site that does not currently appear on our approved site list you can make an application for this site to be approved. This process will involve an inspection from the local highway engineer to make sure that the site is safe and meets all safety criteria. See Requesting a new banner site for more details.

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What are the costs of applying to use a banner site?

There is an administration fee of £26 for all banner applications. This cost is non refundable and covers the administration of the application.

Can a request for a banner to be erected be turned down?

There may be circumstances in which we might refuse to give consent. In which case the reasons for refusal will be clearly given.
We also reserve the right to remove banners should they be illegally placed or unsafe. The cost of recovering a banner that has been placed illegally will be £75. This is to cover the removal, administration and storage of the banner. Contact us to request that we remove a banner and arrangements for collection can be made. 

What if I have any queries, concerns or complaints?

If you have queries, concerns or complaints about the license, you can contact us via our contact centre either on-line or by telephone. For further details on logging a comment, compliment or complaints please see our website.

If you have any queries, concerns or complaints about the location or safety of materials on the public highway, please contact our contact centre.

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