Are you displaying your signs correctly?

beware of the dog

Did you know it is an offence to intentionally mislead the public with your signage? For example the sign above can only be displayed if there is a dog in residence or attendance, you cannot display this sign to put off potential trespassers if there isn’t a dog around.

If a sign is erected at the point of access on a public right of way by a landowner there are laws which govern the words that can be used. They must be accurate and not misleading in any way and if you choose to disregard this rule you could be reported and find yourself in hot water.

Many people believe that you can add a sign to your land without any consequences, unfortunately this isn’t true and the guidelines are quite strict; only small signs and notices not exceeding 0.3 of a square metre in area, are allowed to be displayed without application being made to the planning authority. When I say ‘small signs and notices’ this has to be either a means of identification, warning or direction, such as the number or name of your house, a field sign saying ‘Please shut the gate’, a private sign saying ‘No parking please’ or the ‘Beware of the dog’ sign as above. Small notices are not allowed to be illuminated without prior consent.

And that’s not everything! Outdoor advertisements must also comply with five ‘standard conditions’.

They must:

  • Be kept clean and tidy.
  • Be kept in a safe condition.
  • Have the permission of the owner of the site on which they are displayed (this includes the Highway Authority if the sign is to be placed on highway land).
  • Not obscure, or hinder the interpretation of, official road, rail, waterway or aircraft signs, or otherwise make hazardous the use of these types of transport.
  • Be removed carefully where so required by the planning authority.

Before you install your sign and to make sure you stay on the right side of the law visit the link below for further information.