'Flyposting' is illegal advertising using posters, flyers or types of other literature, which are:

  • displayed without permission
  • failing to meet certain conditions

We monitor York for illegal advertising (on street furniture and beside roads and pavements), as part of a campaign to improve the appearance of local neighbourhoods; we can take enforcement action against anyone caught flyposting and any venue or business benefiting from an illegal advertisement.

Business advertising

If your advertisement is 'purely for profit' you should check whether you need permission before displaying adverts.

Advertising community and charity venues

If you are holding a local event for charitable purposes you may be granted permission known as 'deemed consent' to put up signs and temporary notices.

An 'advertising your venue (guide for voluntary committees and community venues)' is available, so you can check which conditions you need to meet to make sure your adverts are suitable.

Report flyposting

To make a complaint about flyposting please contact our customer centre providing the following details:

  • location of the adverts
  • details of the adverts
  • a description of any persons/vehicles seen posting the adverts

Action against flyposting

Our Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers will investigate flyposting reports and contact any businesses concerned, asking them to remove adverts within a specified time period. If adverts are not removed on time, we'll remove them and recover costs from the business concerned. Repeat flyposting offenders can be prosecuted.

If we're unable to establish who has displayed an advert, we can remove it without notice.

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