Fly-posting is defined as ”the display of advertising material on buildings and street furniture without the consent of the owner” and it is illegal under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Environment and Land Management do not have the powers to deal with illegal fly-posting, this should either be dealt with by the Planning Department under Section 224 of the Town and Country Planning Act or Kent Highways (08458 247 800) under Section 132 of The Highways Act (1980).

Fly-posting can be divided into three broad types, each with their own characteristics and problems of control:

  • Adverts primarily for local events, often photocopies put up in large numbers on a regular basis. These may advertise bands playing in pubs, or car-boot sales. They may be attached to lampposts, railings and street furniture or pasted on buildings
  • Posters advertising products of large organisations and put up by professional poster ‘companies’. These are usually large high quality, colour posters, such as for record releases. They are often pasted on vacant buildings and signal control/telecoms boxes
  • Posters displayed by pressure groups or political bodies. These are generally ad hoc and sporadic with no clear pattern to their location

It is also illegal to place "A" Frames advertising businesses on the highway without the consent of the Highways Authority (Kent Highways 08458 247 800) you will also need planning permission if you intend to place them on the highway. If "A" Frames are placed on the highway without consent or planning permission, the council reserve the right to remove them as litter.

Complete our online form to report fly-posting.