Flyposting is the 'display of advertising material on buildings and street furniture without the consent of the owner'. Flyposting occurs in most locations but is particularly prevalent in prominent locations within urban areas, usually on street furnishings and vacant buildings. These posters are unsightly and can have a detrimental effect on the image of an area.
The display of posters in this way is an unauthorised activity under the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1992. Flyposting is therefore a criminal offence which renders the perpetrators liable to prosecution. The current maximum fine upon prosecution is £2,500 with each poster being treated an individual offence.
There are many ways in which event organisers can legitimately advertise without spoiling the local environment. These include advertising behind shop windows, in newspapers and local magazines and on local radio.
Bath and North East Somerset Council does not tolerate flyposting and will take vigorous action against this anti social behaviour.
If you have any concerns regarding flyposting within the Bath and North East Somerset Area, please call the Council’s Planning Enforcement Team on 01225 394041 to report the problem.