Signs on the highway

Apply to us to put temporary or permanent signs on the highway.

It's illegal to put any unauthorised sign, poster or advert on the highway. We'll remove them if we think they're distracting or causing an obstruction.


Permanent signs on the highway

You can apply to put new signs on the highway to direct traffic to your facility.

  • You'll need to pay £124 for assessing your application.
  • We'll get back to you with a decision within 10 working days.
  • If your application is approved, we'll give you a quote for the cost of the sign and installation. We won't schedule the work until payment is made in full.
  • If your application needs a consultation, we'll contact you and keep you updated with the progress of your application.

Check our highways signage guidance for sign regulations in Hertfordshire.


Temporary signs on the highway

Email us if you want to place a temporary sign on the road or pavement, say for an event or new development.

You should be given permission if:

  • the event venue does not have permanent direction or tourism signs
  • the event will attract at least 250 vehicles a day from outside the local area
  • adequate parking is provided off of the public highway
  • the new development (if applicable) has at least 30 bedrooms.


Read our highways signage guidance for sign regulations in Hertfordshire.


Street name signs

Street name signs are maintained by the district and borough councils in Hertfordshire.

Find your district or borough council


Signs for CCTV and neighbourhood watch schemes

  • Signs must not exceed 0.2 of a square metre in area.
  • No sign may exceed 3.6 metres above ground level.
  • For signs on highway land, you must get our permission (as highway authority) first.
  • 14 days before any sign is put up, the local planning authority must be told where it is to be displayed and assured that it's properly authorised by the police and (if necessary) us, as highway authority.
  • If we or the police withdraw approval, or the watch scheme ceases to operate, the signs must be removed within 14 days.

Motorway signs

Highways England are responsible for signs on the motorway network and trunk roads. If you're concerned about signs on the motorway, email Highways England.