If you’re thinking of putting up safety signage on your building, property, or pavement, you’ve likely asked yourself, “Do I need planning permission for a sign or safety signage in Glasgow?” You need to take several steps to make sure your sign is legal. First, you should check the deeds for the property. The acts will show you any restrictions on structures, including signage. You should also check the proper size of the sign.
Getting Planning Permission for a Pavement Sign or Safety Signage
When getting planning permission for a pavement sign, there are many things to consider. For one thing, there is no UK-wide
pavement sign advertising policy so that the rules will vary from council to council. Additionally, the authorities will change over time. To help you avoid running into trouble, read on to find out what to expect.
A pavement sign is allowed if it is well maintained and safe for pedestrians. However, if it is installed in an area where children and the elderly walk, it may be considered inappropriate by the local authority; in addition, it cannot be in direct conflict with another pavement sign, a pillar, or tactile paving (raised slabs for the visually impaired), and it must not obstruct exits or building entrances.
Consult with The Local Authority
The first step in obtaining planning permission for a pavement sign is to check with your local authority. You may need to contact the Urban Development Corporation if the sign is in an urban development zone. You may need proof that you have public liability insurance for your signage. If you do not have such insurance, the council may require that you obtain a policy. The local authority will consider the type and location of the sign when evaluating the application. This will help avoid unnecessary costs and fines. In addition, the sign must be safe and clean.
When is it Necessary to get Consent for a Pavement Sign
When is it necessary to get planning permission for a sign? Can I place a sign without permission on my property? Planning permission is not always required when you want to place a sign on your property. However, you may still need to get consent in some circumstances. For example, if the safety signage
is visible from a public road, or if it advertises your business, products or services to the general public, you’ll need to consider getting planning permission first.
If the proposed sign is going to be located on an external wall of your home or another non-commercial property, then the rules are different again. In this case, there are rules regarding size and appearance; however, as long as it’s not bigger than 150cm wide and 25cm high and not visible from a public road or any other private property (unless with the owner’s explicit consent), then no formal planning permission is needed.
Planning permission is largely a matter of where not what. If you want to build something that’s visible from the street or make changes to your house that are visible from the street, then yes – you almost certainly need planning permission.
In general terms, if the sign is primarily for the benefit of people other than occupants or visitors of a building it will need planning permission. This means that if it’s clearly designed to be seen by passers-by rather than those who will be inside or nearby then it almost certainly falls into this category.
If your sign is only for the benefit of occupants, visitors or employees of a building (and not those who come close to it) then you might not need planning permission after all.