Find out what flyposting is, how we tackle it, and how to report it.

What flyposting is

Flyposting is when someone puts up advertisements, posters, banners or stickers in a public place without consent. It is illegal. 

Some examples of flyposting are:

  • sticking posters onto boarded up shops advertising a gig
  • attaching a poster to a lamppost advertising a business
  • putting stickers onto road signs showing political statements

What we do when we find flyposting

If we suspect you are responsible for flyposting, we will first issue you with a Community Protection Warning (CPW). This is in line with our Environmental Enforcement Framework and the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

We can issue a CPW to individuals, promoters, businesses or organisations.

The CPW will have a timescale for you to remove the flyposting and we'll ask you to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

If you don't remove the flyposting, we'll serve you a Community Protection Notice (CPN). A CPN will give you a specific date by which you legally have to remove the flyposting.

CPWs and CPNs include a timescale of 7, 14 or 28 days. This depends on:

  • the size and amount of advertisements, posters, banners or stickers 
  • the height of the placement
  • whether the removal requires specialist equipment

We do not apply this enforcement approach to charity and community based activities. We decide what qualifies as a charity or community based actvity on a case-by-case basis.

Find out more about what to do if we issue you with a CPW or CPN.

What happens if you ignore a CPN

If you continue to ignore the CPN, we will impose a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) and you'll have to pay a fine.

We may take action to remove the flyposting ourselves. In this case you would have to pay for the cost of removal.

If we catch you in the act of flyposting we will remove your materials, and give you an FPN on the spot.

Find out more about FPNs.

How to report flyposting

Use this form to tell us about flyposting issues you see around the city.