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Apply to display a banner on the roadside

You must get permission from us before you place a banner on council-owned property on the roadside (such as pedestrian guardrails) in Merton.

This page is about council-owned property. If you want to display a banner on, or outside, your own property, you may need planning permission.

We welcome applications from charities, community organisations and other similar non-commercial organisations that are based within Merton, to display notices of public interest or advertising events. Promotion of these events and activities should be appropriate to the surrounding area, with minimal environmental impact. We don't accept applications for commercial organisations, or for general advertising.

Where you can put a banner up

Banners can be placed on pedestrian guardrails. These are alongside the road and the location will depend on the type and size of the banner. An ideal size would be around 200cm x 100cm but we will assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Banners can't be put:

  • on foot or road bridges
  • on fences
  • on trees
  • on lighting columns
  • over road signs
  • near a pedestrian crossing or junction if it's going to affect how visible they are

You must fix your banner using strong cable ties. You should cut off any extra cable tie to prevent injury to passers-by.


There is a non-refundable cost of £25 for the banner application and a £10 charge for each week it is displayed.

How to apply

Banner sites can be booked up to one year prior to the event date. Please submit your application no later than six weeks before the date of the proposed installation. The sites are only available for booking at a minimum of 1 week period, up to a maximum of 4 weeks.

Some sites have a high demand, and we process applications on a first-come-first-served basis.

Please read the terms and conditions before you apply.

To apply for a banner to be placed, please email and include the following information:

  • Certified copy of current certificate of public liability insurance of £5 million
  • Diagram of banner fully dimensioned including lettering
  • Method statement for installation, maintenance and removal of the banner
  • Copy of written consent from the owner(s) if the fixing points are not LBM

How to pay

Please call 020 8545 3151 or 020 8545 3196 to make payment by either credit or debit card only.

Unsuccessful applications

There may be circumstances in which we might be unable to approve your application. If this is the case, we will let you know the reasons why.

If the site is unavailable for the dates you have requested, we will work with you to find an alternative.

Removing illegal banners

As part of a routine inspection or following a complaint, we may remove banners that have been illegally placed or are unsafe. The cost of recovering a banner that has been placed illegally is £125.

If your banner has been removed, it will be kept for 14 days and you will need to email to make arrangements for collection. If it has not been collected after 14 days it will be recycled.

Contact us

If you have queries or concerns about banners, please email