Our ‘A' Boards policy sets out restrictions regarding the placement of free-standing advertising boards and details areas of York city centre where 'A' Boards are prohibited.

The policy also covers other advertising materials such as:

  • mannequins
  • menus
  • lecterns
  • planters
  • goods on display

The restrictions relate to public roads, pavements and verges within the 'A' Boards prohibition zone.

The prohibition zone is located in the city centre; details of the area and streets covered are set out within the policy. The restrictions do not apply on private land.

The policy applies to private businesses, public or private organisations, and other bodies.

As well as setting out restrictions, the policy provides details of:

  • background issues leading to the need for a defined policy
  • suggested alternatives to advertising materials
  • intended management and enforcement methods

Alternatives to 'A' Boards

The policy details alternatives to 'A' Boards, which may be appropriate, for example:

  • wall mounted boards
  • remote shared boards
  • hanging signs
  • awnings

Other forms of consent may be required for these alternatives, such as advertisement or listed building consent. Contact planning.enquiries@york.gov.uk to check if a formal application is required.

Micklegate 'A' Boards licence

'A' Boards will be allowed on Micklegate with a licence.

This is because Micklegate is an appropriate location for 'A' Boards due to the width of the footways and other characteristics, which are not typical of other streets within the prohibition zone.

The licence will last for 1 year with a charge of £110.00 for successful applications.


Tacit consent

Not all applications fall under 'tacit consent' parameters, due to reasons of public interest. If tacit consent applies, then you can act as if your application has been granted if we do not respond within a specified time after the confirmed receipt of your application.

Tacit consent does not apply to this application, therefore you must wait until permission has been granted.

After applying for your 'A' Board licence:

  • you cannot assume permission will be given
  • we will contact you within 10 working days to acknowledge receipt of your application
  • if you've not heard from us within 10 working days, contact us to check the status of your application

If you have any questions about our policy or your application, email us at aboards@york.gov.uk

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