Is it legal to put posters up in residential streets?

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  1. MisterMusty

    MisterMusty UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Hi, as an alternative to poster flyers through people's doors I'm considering making up a few posters and tying them to lamposts (a few per street) and that sort of thing.

    Can anyone tell me if there is any legal issues with doing that?

    many thanks
    Posted: Mar 2, 2010 By: MisterMusty Member since: Sep 28, 2009
  2. ethical PR

    ethical PR UKBF Legend Free Member

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    It is illegal for anyone other than the local authority or their representatives to put posters up on lamposts (as well as making you look like a get rich quick schemester).

    The local authority can and do remove them and can also take you to court, where you can be fined.
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    Posted: Mar 2, 2010 By: ethical PR Member since: Apr 19, 2009
  3. estwig

    estwig UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Not sure, but please don't do it up my road.
    Posted: Mar 2, 2010 By: estwig Member since: Sep 29, 2006
  4. sirearl

    sirearl UKBF Legend Free Member

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    you can put them up but don't use any names or contact details.:|

    " Free Sex " works quite well and annoys the hell out of councils.;)

    Posted: Mar 2, 2010 By: sirearl Member since: Apr 23, 2007
  5. David White

    David White UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    The following should be able to help, you can download a free guide to the regulations at

    Your best bet with posters is just to go in and ask local shops etc if you can put some posters up and some are OK with it.
    Posted: Mar 2, 2010 By: David White Member since: Jan 29, 2007
  6. Joe E

    Joe E UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Not sure about the legals! but from a business point of view it comes across as tacky and dosen't show any credability however if you are going to do it I would recommend massive eye-catching copy and that they are laminated.
    Posted: Mar 2, 2010 By: Joe E Member since: Oct 24, 2007
  7. Jeff FV

    Jeff FV UKBF Big Shot Staff Member

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    (The old ones are the best ...!)
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    Posted: Mar 2, 2010 By: Jeff FV Member since: Jan 10, 2009
  8. Adzooma

    Adzooma UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    It's probably not legal. Even if it was, it does not present a good picture of your business. Most people associate such leaflets with something a bit dodgy.

    There are other ways of promoting your business on a local basis. Please check my profile.
    Posted: Mar 4, 2010 By: Adzooma Member since: Dec 27, 2009
  9. Arthur W

    Arthur W UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I'm pretty sure you're allowed temporary posters up for 30 days. The council, if anything, will ask you to take them down if they become a neusence or are up for any longer. I think you might be limited on this to A4 size too......
    Posted: Mar 4, 2010 By: Arthur W Member since: Sep 14, 2009
  10. garyk

    garyk UKBF Legend Full Member

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    simple question, would you like em all over the lampposts in your street? probably not so why would anyone else?
    Posted: Mar 4, 2010 By: garyk Member since: Jun 14, 2006
  11. James1980

    James1980 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Posted: Mar 4, 2010 By: James1980 Member since: Sep 3, 2009
  12. Emma_B

    Emma_B UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    maybe if you were promoting a club night then it would seem like a good idea - other than that I wouldn't. Try putting posters in local shops etc
    Posted: Mar 4, 2010 By: Emma_B Member since: Mar 4, 2010
  13. popunder

    popunder UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    If it were legal every lamppost in Britain would have about 30 advertising signs attached to it by now. Don't go there.
    Posted: Mar 4, 2010 By: popunder Member since: Mar 5, 2008
  14. Emma_B

    Emma_B UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    haha - this will be the case when the main election begins!
    Posted: Mar 4, 2010 By: Emma_B Member since: Mar 4, 2010
  15. zed69

    zed69 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    It is possible to put posters in residential streets, there are 14 classes of deemed consent under the town and country planning act, running a A-Z poster distribution that puts up posters for fairs and circus we regularly use this although many councils believe that they know better than the law of the land, however we do our best to educate them!

    CLASS 3F - Adverts for Fairs & Circuses:-

    a)The Local Authority must be informed of the sites for the adverts 14 days before the notices are posted.

    b)The adverts may only be displayed up to 14 days in advance and must be removed within 7 days after the event.

    c)The notice or sign must not exceed 0.6 of a square metre.
    Posted: Feb 14, 2012 By: zed69 Member since: Feb 14, 2012
  16. JessicaAutumn

    JessicaAutumn UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I suggest you get proper permit to your local government office in posting to residential areas. This is for the safety of the people around that area also.

    Aside from flyers, another thing that you can distribute to residential areas are promotional products that people can use everyday such as mugs, umbrellas, etc. You can print your business name on them.
    Posted: Feb 16, 2012 By: JessicaAutumn Member since: Dec 23, 2011
  17. I Love Spreadsheets

    I Love Spreadsheets UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Without the right permissions you can be fined for each and every poster you put up. Many, many years ago I was looking at setting up a computer fair in Cardiff. Permission from the council to put posters up was not forth coming and we were warned of a possible £2,000 fine per poster the council found.

    Many that you see on the side of the road tend to have untraceable phone numbers / websites on them to make it harder for the council to find them
    Posted: Feb 16, 2012 By: I Love Spreadsheets Member since: Jun 19, 2010
  18. aashmin

    aashmin UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Well,it might not be legal except for the local citizens but at the same time you need to think upon the promotional strategy you are using as this one might affect the image of your try put something different...!!!
    Posted: Feb 16, 2012 By: aashmin Member since: Feb 16, 2012
  19. I Love Spreadsheets

    I Love Spreadsheets UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Very good point

    What is that you are selling and would this type of selling match up. If not it could do more harm than good in the long run
    Posted: Feb 16, 2012 By: I Love Spreadsheets Member since: Jun 19, 2010
  20. ThePublisher

    ThePublisher UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    Zed69 is answering a post from two years ago..............
    Posted: Feb 17, 2012 By: ThePublisher Member since: Mar 4, 2007
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