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EU Flag - get consulted

An email in:
Under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 flags come within the definition of “advertisement”. Their display is controlled by the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1992.

Under these Regulations displaying the national flag of any country is not subject to advertisement control as long as it is displayed on a single vertical flagstaff and neither the flag nor the flagstaff display any advertisement additional to the design of the flag.

Advertisement Regulations are in draft to allow the EU flag to be flown without having to apply to the local authority for express consent and we will be consulting on the new Regulations before the end of this year. National flags already benefit from this exemption. If you would like to be included in the consultation, please let me have your postal address, as we may be sending out by hard copy.

These changes are a deregulatory measure. Our proposal would remove a layer of bureaucracy and make it easier for anyone who wants to fly the European Union flag to do so from any location where there is a flagstaff. Any national flags may already be flown without planning consent.

Janet Amery
PDCD Branch B
4/J2 Eland House

Get emailing Janet.Amery@odpm.gsi.gov.uk!


Email sent.

Sent e-mail complaining and got a reply saying that all flags are advertising and they were making making the same exemption for the EU (spit) flag as for national flags. So I fired back that our national flag is an emblem of our sovereign status as a nation state. Hope it chokes her.

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