It isn’t uncommon for the rules and restrictions of planning permission to put people off of their plans when it comes to a new project. However, the process shouldn’t be daunting, and it can be simple to understand. When it comes to signage, yes – some will require planning approval, but with a range of factors taken into consideration, there will be some signs which can be displayed without gaining approval.

Will I need planning permission for my sign?

As an overall rule, we would always recommend getting in touch with a professional to confirm whether your signage will require planning approval. However, we can provide you with a few general pointers of the factors that could lead to your sign remaining exempt from the requirement of planning approval. These are:

  • Your signage being displayed within enclosed land, such as your business’ forecourt
  • Your signage is to be displayed on a moving vehicle
  • Your signage is an essential part in the structure of your building
  • Your signage measures lower than the limit for your given scenario

Can I display signage on my business premises without seeking approval?

Displaying signage within your business premises, either internally or externally for public awareness, is a common desire, and luckily there are a set of rules that can deem it appropriate without having to go through the planning approval process. So long as your sign includes your business’ name, trade, profession or services, you should be able to display it without seeking approval from your local council. However, there can be size restrictions. If you feel that your business sign is on the larger side, we recommend getting in touch with a professional to be sure about its right of placement before carrying out the production and installation.

What happens if I display signage without gaining planning approval?

If you choose to display your commercial signage without having gained required planning approval, one of two approaches could be taken. You will either be instructed to take your signage down, or be charged a legal fee. You could also risk causing harm to yourself or a member of the public if the signage is not installed correctly.

Who can help with my planning permission enquiries?

When it comes to planning enquiries and applications, we have a team of experts who are on hand to provide specialist advice and assistance. We’ll utilise our knowledge to remove any stress or confusion. Your local council will be able to grant you planning approval if your signage falls within the correct restrictions.
If you have any queries about the rules and regulations of your commercial signage, or would like to speak to a member of our team to find out more about the requirements for planning permission, get in touch. Give us a call on 0800 772 3977 or send us an email at