Section 178 of the Highways Act 1980 enables us to grant consent for the placing of any overhead banner, bunting, flags or other similar apparatus (such as Christmas decorations) over, along or across a road, as long as they meet with our terms and conditions.
You can request permission online by using the the applicable link below.
Application to place a structure projecting over or under the highway
Application to change a structure projecting over or under the highway
When contacting us please provide the following:
- Your name and telephone number, in case we need to contact you
- The proposed location of the banner, flags, including the road name
Or you can download and fill in an application form. Please return your completed application form to your local area highways office.
Where a banner, decorations contains information relating to commercial advertising, the applicant must first get the necessary planning consent from the local district council.
Items may be erected no more than 7 days before an event and must be removed within 3 days following the event.
The applicant must provide Public Liability Insurance cover of £5 million and agree to indemnify Somerset County Council against all claims in respect of any loss, injury (including death) sustained by any person or damage occurring to any property, arising in any way whatsoever from the erection, presence and removal of the banner, bunting and decorations and all associated costs, charges and expenses paid or incurred.
Please see our application form for full terms and conditions.
What happens next?
Tacit consent means that if we have not dealt with your application within the target period specified then your application will have been deemed to have been granted/approved.
Please note that the target period only begins on receipt of a fully completed application.
To access information on structures on the highway in Somerset please contact us.
Some applications may be refused and in these circumstances reasons will be given.
How long does it take?
We will process your completed application form within 10 working days. There is no cost for the permit.
Laws and regulation
The Highways Act 1980, Section 178