Sedgemoor District Council is responsible for removing fly posting from public buildings and street furniture.
The removal of fly posting on private buildings is the responsibility of the property owner.
Sedgemoor District Council can serve a notice that the advertisements must be removed within 48 hours, issue a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice for each sign, or remove them and claim back the costs for doing so. This applies to signage that does not comply with the Council's guidelines.
We are committed to supporting events signage, where events are arranged in connection with fundraising for genuine charitable or voluntary organisations or community groups.
To report Fly Posting please complete this form: Report fly posting
Sedgemoor District Council encourages community advertisers to use common sense in only choosing the most necessary locations for local advertising within the District.
The Council encourages the use of private land for promoting community and charity events. It is permissible to place signs or advertisements on private land with the permission of the landowner but advertisers are encouraged not to keep such signs up for more than 21 days in advance of an event and to remove them promptly, ideally within 48 hours, of the event concluding. Such advertisements do not need to contain a name, address and telephone number. In the event that a District Council Officer perceives that any of these signs present a danger then Sedgemoor District Council will liaise with the landowner to suggest a better location.
Somerset County Council, as the Highway Authority, uses powers under the Highways Act to deal with signs or advertisements on the Highway, especially where it becomes a safety issue for highway users. For the sake of these guidelines, a Highway is defined as a public road, street or pathway owned or maintained by the local authority and available to the public for use for travel or transportation. This includes grass verges.
Sedgemoor District Council liaises with the County Council as appropriate to ensure co-ordination of enforcement.
The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (section 224) creates an offence of displaying an advertisement without consent. It is punishable by a fine of up to £2,500. The Highways Act 1980 section 132 (1) A person who, without either the consent of the highway authority for the highway in question or an authorisation given by or under an enactment or a reasonable excuse, paints or otherwise inscribes or affixes any picture, letter, sign or other mark upon the surface of a highway or upon any tree, structure or works on or in a highway is guilty of an offence. This means that any sign not given consent by Somerset County Council's Highways department is a fly poster even if staked into the ground or hung from a street light, pedestrian railings etc.
Sedgemoor District Council can serve a notice that the advertisements must be removed within 48 hours, issue a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice for each sign or remove them and claim its costs of doing so. This only complies to signage that does not comply with the Council's guidelines.
Due to limited enforcement resources it should be noted that most intelligence regarding unauthorised signage will arise from complaints, and these will be investigated as soon as resources allow.
For more information or advice, please contact Sedgemoor District Council's Clean Surroundings Service using the details below.