Knowing whether or not an advertising sign needs permission – either planning or roads depending on the type of sign – can be confusing, which is why Argyll and Bute Council is creating a new policy which will simplify things.
Two different pieces of legislation govern what signs are and are not allowed – the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1992 and the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984. The council’s new policy combines these key pieces of legislation and, within the limited scope for manoeuvre the law offers – establishes Argyll and Bute-specific guidance.
Councillor David Kinniburgh, Policy Lead for Planning, said: “This draft policy is designed to make it as easy as possible for people to understand the complicated rules around signage. Given our commitment to working with local businesses it’s important to us that their views are reflected as far as possible, within the limits of the legislation, which is why we are running a public consultation on the draft policy.
“We would urge anyone who has an interest in promoting their business through the use of different kinds of signage to have a look at the draft policy and to give us their comments.
“The consultation opens today (Wednesday 30th November) until Friday 6th January and is available on the council website, with an email also going out to local businesses on our contact list.
“The feedback on the draft will inform the final policy which the Planning, Protective Services and Licensing (PPSL) Committee will consider in the New Year.”
The policy and consultation form are available at: