On-street advertising structures

A-boards and other temporary adverts

On 17 May 2018, the Transport and Environment Committee approved a citywide ban on all temporary on-street advertising structures, such as advertising boards, also known as ‘A boards’. This is primarily to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility.

The ban comes into force on Monday 5 November 2018.

The images below show examples of the types of structures that this ban covers.

Examples of on-street advertising structures

Structures that are  not adverts

Structures placed on a public street that do not have advertising on them, such as shop dressing items like planters and figurines, need a road occupation permit.

Download the road occupation permit application (PDF, 375 KB)

Structures may also need planning permission. If you are unsure if you need planning permission, contact us using the details below.

Support for businesses

We know that businesses have concerns about this. We will work with businesses to provide guidance on other forms of advertising.

We held a drop-in event on 26 June 2018 to share ideas on advertising and business promotion, including online marketing.

The information below provides guidance on advertising and shopfront design.

Guidance for businesses

Download guidance for businesses (PDF, 2 MB)

This document provides

  • guidance on advertising and shopfront design
  • advice for businesses within listed buildings and conservation areas.

We use this guidance to assess proposals for advertisement, planning and listed building consent.

Find if your property is listed or within a conservation area.

If you need permission to apply for new signage or changes to your shopfront, read our guidance on how to apply. 

Other guidance

The Business Gateway provides business support measures such as training and information on how to make the most of online marketing tools.

Read Edinburgh World Heritage’s guidance on how to ‘showcase your shopfront’ and information about grants for properties within the World Heritage Site.

Read Historic Environment Scotland’s guidance on shopfront and signage design.

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