Estate and letting agent boards in the Coombe Road area

We're running a year long pilot scheme between June 2017 and June 2018 to find ways to reduce the impact of stand alone residential sales and letting boards within the city.

We'll be testing out our ideas in the Coombe Road area of Brighton. We've chosen this area as it has terraced houses set close to the pavement and clear area boundaries.

The voluntary code of good practice

The main focus of the pilot scheme is a voluntary code of good practice which promotes alternative ways to advertise properties for sale or rent. We would like these methods to replace the practise of installing post mounted boards next to the pavement. The code encourages the use of either internal window adverts or size limited wall mounted boards attached flat to the main building.

Download the Voluntary Code of Good Practice (PDF 112 KB)

We have contacted agents advertising properties in the area about the pilot scheme.

The pilot scheme is bordered by

  • Bear Road
  • Natal Road 
  • Bevendean Road 
  • Lewes Road

Download a map of the pilot scheme area (PDF 812KB) 

Download a list of streets included in the pilot scheme (PDF 22KB).

How communities can get involved

Let us know if you notice a new for sale or to let board mounted on a post standing forward of the property. 

Contact us with the agent's name and relevant property address at We will discuss the pilot scheme with them and explain why this approach is important to our communities and supported by our partner organisations such as Rent Smart Brighton and Hove and both Sussex and Brighton Universities.

The Code also includes a brief summary of existing regulations for advertising homes which are for sale/to let.

If you believe that one of the regulations has been breached, you can use our planning enforcement complaint form to let us know. Go to our Planning Enforcement web page

Our aims 

We want to reach an understanding of what will work for both local communities and agents when advertising properties for sale or to let. We have developed this pilot scheme due to concerns regarding the negative impacts sales and letting boards can cause in local communities.  After the scheme has been in place for a year we will take back the results to the council’s Tourism, Development & Culture Committee in the summer of 2018 to decide further ways forward. We hope that the successful aspects of this voluntary approach to manage advertising will be rolled out over wider areas of the city. 

Ongoing Regulation 7 Directions in central Heritage Areas  

Most sales and letting boards can be displayed under national deemed consent provisions within The Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007: Schedule 3 Classes of Advertisement for which deemed consent is granted - under Part 1 Class 3 'Miscellaneous temporary advertisements. The Secretary of State has previously given permission for a restricted number of our conservation areas to be removed from this schedule under legislation known as a Regulation 7 Direction. This pilot scheme and voluntary code is a separate project and it does not affect or replace our existing Regulation 7 Directions