A-boards on the High Street

Worcester City Council's aim is to make the city centre as attractive and safe as possible for residents and visitors and to enable businesses to be successful.

For this reason we encourage displays and signage which visually enhance the street scene, but recognise that some items such as A-boards, advertising signs and bollard sleeves need to be managed to avoid street clutter which detracts from the city's attractiveness.

It is also important to ensure that the city is safe, easy to navigate and does not contain any unnecessary trip hazards for customers and visitors, in particular the visually impaired, wheelchair-users, the less mobile and those with prams, buggies or mobility scooters.

Worcester City Council will be enforcing a policy on A-boards on behalf of Worcestershire County Council.

Good example of A-boards

Worcestershire County Council operates the following policy:

  • Are positioned immediately adjacent to the property.
  • Are no larger than 1 metre high and 1 metre wide.
  • Allow a minimum of 1.8 metres of clear unobstructed pedestrian footway.
  • Are of a design which does not present any hazard, (moving or rotating for example), to pedestrians.

Only one A-board is allowed per premises.

Under the provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended), Worcester City Council has the power to enforce this policy by any of the following means:

  • Serving a fixed penalty notice - issue a fine.
  • Serving a removal notice - and remove the advertisement.
  • Taking legal action against the unauthorised display of an advertisement.

Under the Highways Act 1980, Section 148, it is an offence for a person without lawful authority to deposit anything on the highway to the interruption of any user of the highway. This includes items such as A-boards, signs, displays, bollard covers etc.