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Why Have Street Signs?

Street signs are a great way of showing that your community cares about preventing crime.
Each individual scheme is responsible for deciding where to hang signs, for putting up the signs securely and for maintaining them. Sign Location and Fitting formal planning permission should not be required to fit new signs which comply with the 1992 Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations.

Check with your Association about local regulations before putting signs up.
Notify your local authority as to the location of each sign and ensure that any fixing equipment complies with their regulations. In Cambridgeshire, we have prior agreements with the local authority as to the type and fitting of each sign and how to obtain the necessary permissions. These are described in Street Signs for Schemes – Cambridgeshire Neighbourhood Watch Association (

Please take note that there is a Health and Safety procedure that must be undertaken before commencing any work on lamp posts. This is described in

All recognised Neighbourhood Watch schemes following the conditions and limitations below,
in line with local policy, will be covered by Public Liability Insurance, free of charge.

  • No sign may exceed 0.2 square meters in area
  • No sign may be displayed on highway land without the consent of the highway authority.
  • The local planning authority shall, at least 14 days before the sign is first displayed, be given particulars in writing of the place at which it is to be displayed and a certificate:
    • that the scheme has been properly established
    • that the police authority has agreed to the display of the advertisement; and
    • where relevant, that the consent of the highway authority has been given.
  • Any such sign shall be removed within 14 days after
    • the relevant scheme ceases to operate
    • the relevant scheme ceases to be approved by the police author it, or
    • the highway authority withdraw its consent to its display
  • Illumination is not permitted
  • No character or symbol on the sign may be more than 0.75 metres in height or 0.3 metres in the area of special control
  • Signs must NOT be placed on any road traffic signs, placed on any road traffic signal or placed on telegraph, telephone and electricity columns (unless express permission from the company has been given)
  • Signs must be
    • At least 2.2 metres above street level but no part of the sign may be more than 3.6 metres above ground level.
    • Placed on concrete and steel lamp columns maintained by the local authority. If a suitable place cannot be found, consideration may be given to placing it on a post, wall or fencing on private land.
    • Written permission from the landowner is necessary before a sign can be erected in this way.

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