Gloucester Council have said recently that they are considering fining Estate Agents that leave Sold or Let By boards on properties for too long. So what is the legal standpoint regarding these boards and how long is ‘too long’?

The relevant piece of legislation is The Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations and it makes four main stipulations:

• What type of sign can be displayed – agents can erect a sign indicating that the property or land on which it stands is for sale or to let. There can only be one such sign, even if more than one agent is appointed. The agents may make a joint board, effectively two advertisements.

• What size can they be – this depends on the type of property being advertised. Residential properties may have boards no larger than 0.5 sq m or 0.6 if there are two joined together. For agricultural, commercial or industrial premises, the boards should not exceed 2 sq m or 2.3 if they are joined boards.

• Where can boards be displayed – the board must be displayed on the actual property it relates to. In addition, it cannot be more than 4.6 metres above ground level and should not project more than 1 metre.

• How long can boards be left up – once a property has been successfully sold or let, any board must be removed within 14 days.

You’ll have seen that Farr & Farr have many boards throughout the city and the county of Gloucester. We pride ourselves on having boards that are smart, well maintained and always removed within the statutory time frame.

If you are thinking of buying or selling in the Gloucester area, contact long-established local estate agents Farr & Farr on 01452 500025 or explore our website farrandfarr.co.uk