Road signs

Unauthorised advertising signs and banners

As per the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, only we, as Roads Authority, can erect traffic signs or permit their erection within the road boundary. This generally includes any footpaths or verges adjacent to the road and normally extends as far as any adjoining fence/wall line.

Only signs that have been prescribed by Regulation or authorised by Scottish Ministers may be used (or permitted to be used) within the road boundary.

Unauthorised signs

The term unauthorised signs includes any signs, advertising banners, etc. that have been placed within the road boundary without our permission.

Unauthorised signs can cause a number of problems, such as:

  • blocking the road/footway
  • obstructing visibility
  • distracting road users
  • devaluing authorised/prescribed signs

We may remove any unauthorised signs and banners.

Authorised signs

The only banners and signs that may be permitted are not-for-profit, charity and community events.

Conditions for authorised signs

  • placed in a suitable location
  • not causing a safety hazard due to driver distraction
  • erected no more than a week in advance

Removal of unauthorised signs

Any other advertising banners or signs found on railings, bridges, verges and road sides will be removed.

If you have erected an unauthorised banner and it has been removed then it will be held at our headquarters for 14 days. If it has not been collected within this time then it will be recycled.

To discuss appropriate locations for permitted banners/signs, or to arrange collection of unauthorised banners that have been removed, contact the Road Safety team.

Commercial advertising requests

If a commercial company wishes to advertise then they are required to go through the formal planning process for advertising consent.

We suggest that companies or event organisers consider alternative advertising methods, such as:

  • local newspapers
  • local radio
  • social media

Find out more about unauthorised banners, including details on permitted areas within Galashiels.