Adverts and signs
Find out about the advertisement control system including control of estate agents’ boards.
The advertisement control system covers a wide range of adverts and signs including shop signs and estate agents’ boards, and adverts on hoardings and flags.
When do you need consent
You will need advertisement consent for most kinds of outdoor advertising. This includes Illuminated advertisement signs such as fascia signs, projecting signs and advertisement hoardings.
However, certain types of signs do not need our permission as they have what is known as ‘deemed consent’. For further information, see the planning portal and read national planning practice guidance on advertisements.
If the building is listed, listed building consent will also be required for the proposed advertisement (whether illuminated or not).
A canopy to a shopfront with no advertisements requires planning permission.
In assessing advertisement applications, we will consider amenity and public safety, We will look at factors such as design, size, materials, illumination, the relationship of the advert to the existing building and the impact on the street scene.
The following supplementary planning guidance note has been produced to assist property owners considering displaying advertisements
Estate agent boards
Certain parts of Westminster are covered by a Regulation 7 Direction, which controls the display of estate agent boards. This removes deemed consent which means anyone who wants to display such boards in these areas must apply for Advertisement Consent.
The leaflet and map below gives more information and shows those parts of Westminster affected by this Direction: :
How to apply
You can find out how to apply for advertisement consent and read the checklist of documents you need to submit here.
Published: 29 December 2020
Last updated: 2 October 2023