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In addition to controlling development, Planning is responsible for controlling the display of advertisements across the Island.

Advertisements come in many forms. From shop signs to estate agents boards, from vinyls on shop windows to notices about school or village fetes, the list is endless.

Express consent is required to display certain types of advertisements.

However a number of adverts outside of a Conservation Area may also benefit from ‘deemed consent’ where you do not need to apply for express consent from Planning & Building Control.

The rules for adverts is complex but all advertisements displayed under ‘deemed consent’ must comply with five 'standard conditions'.

In summary they must:

  • be maintained in a clean and tidy condition

  • be maintained in a safe condition

  • where an advertisement is required to be removed, the removal must be carried out to the reasonable satisfaction of the Department

  • must not be displayed without the permission of the owner of the site or any other person with an interest in the site entitled to grant permission

  • must not be sited or displayed so as to obscure, or hinder the interpretation of, any traffic sign, railway or tramway signal or aid to navigation by water or air, or so as otherwise to render hazardous the use of any highway, railway, tramway, harbour or aerodrome

It is an offence to display an advertisement without deemed or express consent.

For more information you should consult the Town & Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 2013 available at our legislation page.

Application for Express Consent to Erect an Advertisement

An application for express consent (for the erection/placement of an advertisement) can be made via our making a planning application page. All such applications must be supported by the following:

  • site plan - layout of the site and its boundaries

  • location plan - showing the location of the land to be developed in relation to neighbours/streets, etc

  • details and dimensions showing the advert/signage intended

To assist with completing the form also see guidance on how to describe your proposal.

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