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Signs guidance & street furniture policy

This policy sets out how and where signs, advertising boards (A-boards) and street furniture should be used. 

The use of A-boards (also known as sandwich boards), street furniture, roadside advertising and goods on display outside shops are all covered under this policy.

The policy aims to:

  • minimise sign clutter
  • regulate the installation and removal of signs
  • help to keep our town centres attractive for visitors and residents
  • make sure the highway stays safe and free from obstructions

By carefully managing signage, street furniture and displays in our towns and along the highway we want to:

  • enhance our environment by reducing roadside clutter
  • increase the impact of important signs that need to be seen
  • reduce the chances of signs being obstructed by other signs
  • minimise the number of obstructions within the highway – particularly for people with reduced mobility or disabilities
  • support our growing café culture
  • increase tourism and socialising within towns
  • make sure street furniture is safe for all highway users

Signs guidance

Read and download our Signs Policy Guide below. This includes information about: 

  • A-boards
  • street furniture
  • outdoor displays
  • outdoor advertising
  • advertising consent
  • fees and charges 

View our signs guidance booklet

Find out more on gov.uk

Apply for a permit

Please read the guidance on this page before seeking a permit for an A-board or goods on display.

Once you've read the guidance, download and complete an application form and return it to highways@rutland.gov.uk at least four weeks before installation.

A-Board application

Street furniture application

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