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Banners (over the highway) and decorations (including hanging baskets)

Please note that Devon County Council are not able to suggest suitable locations.

Devon County Council support communities in their desire to improve local areas and as the highway authority, we consent to allow hanging baskets to be placed over a highway in a way that obstruction to the travelling public is not impeded.

Your community may want to put up banners or decorations such as bunting and festive lights over the highway to celebrate or advertise an event.  You need to notify us to gain approval.

As the highway authority, we consent to allow temporary, non-commercial banners or seasonal decorations to be erected. There is no charge to do this, but you need to notify us in advance and comply with the following terms and conditions:

  • Where equipment is to be attached or draw power from a streetlight you must get specific approval from the Street Lighting Team. Email with the details listed at the bottom of this page. There may be a charge for testing equipment if this is required.
  • Ensure you have notified your parish or town council about your proposal, and that disagreements are resolved before banners or decorations are put up.
  • Equipment must be erected and dismantled safely. See the Traffic Signs Manual (Chapter 8) for information on working safely in the highway. We recommend employing a Chapter 8 accredited contractor to erect and dismantle.
  • Seasonal decorations to be removed each year, they can cause issues if left in situ. Particularly if strung in trees, as they can cause problems if we need to carry out tree surgery.
  • The items must be securely fixed so as not to pose a danger to the public, and there must be a minimum clearance of 5.7m above the highway.
  • You should get permission from the property owner before attaching your banner or decorations to any private property
  • Your organisation needs to hold adequate public liability insurance. We would suggest a minimum of £5 million.
  • Items must be erected no sooner than two weeks before the event and must be removed within two days of the event ending.
  • Any items considered to be unsafe, a nuisance, inappropriate, advertising commercial services, or in breach of these terms and conditions may be removed without notice. If removed they will need to be collected within 14 days and will be subject to a £150 release fee. If not collected within 14 days they will be disposed of.
  • The banner will not be erected on a roundabout or at a junction. Further information can be found at Sponsoring a roundabout.

Please see our webpage regarding unauthorised signage.

If you are intending to draw power from, or attach anything to, street lighting columns, please direct your request to the Street Lighting team at

For requests unrelated to street lighting, to notify us of your intent to erect a banner or decoration email stating:

  • your name and contact details
  • what you are putting up
  • the location of the items – if multiple streets will have decorations, for example for festive lights, just the main street and town name is needed
  • the dates the items will go up and come down
  • confirmation that you have read and agree to the terms and conditions.

Hanging Baskets

When identifying a location, please bear in mind , that we do not allow poles to be placed in the verge or for items to be placed on roundabouts or on street furniture (railings, bridges, etc) belonging to Devon County Council. If you are able to find a suitable location, you will need to get permission from the owner and also check with your local district or town council that they have no objection. Devon County Council are not able to suggest locations.

If any items are considered to be unsafe, a nuisance, obstructive, you will be asked to remove the said item, in some cases they may be removed without notice.


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