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Fly-posting

Contents

- Overview
- Fly-posting on houses
- Fly-posting on businesses
- Fly-posting on public property
- Fixed penalty notices (FPNs)
- Graffiti


Overview 

We class fly-posting as the unauthorised advertising of posters and stickers on any building or property. Fly-posting is illegal and can lead to us issuing a fixed penalty notice (FPN) if you're caught. 

The council are responsible for the removal of fly-posting from public buildings, public property and street furniture. We also offer a service to remove offensive and non-offensive fly-posting from private homes and businesses. 

Fly-posting on houses

We offer a service to remove both offensive and non-offensive fly-posting from houses. If you are reporting it on someone else's property, we may need to speak to the property owner before we can remove it. 

The council does not charge for removing fly-posting from a house. If you rent a property from The Gateshead Housing Company, you should contact them directly to discuss the issue.

Unfortunately, we don't deal with fly-posting higher than 6ft unless it's offensive. Residents should instead remove the fly-posting themselves or use a private company.

Report fly-posting

You can alternatively call our customer service team on 0191 433 7000. 

Fly-posting on businesses

We offer a service to remove both offensive and non-offensive fly-posting from businesses. If you are reporting it on someone else's business, we may need to speak to the property owner before we can remove it. 

The council does not charge for removing fly-posting from a business property.

Unfortunately, we don't deal with fly-posting higher than 6ft unless it's offensive. Businesses should instead remove the fly-posting themselves or use a private company.

Report fly-posting

You can alternatively call our customer service team on 0191 433 7000. 

Fly-posting on public property

We are responsible for removing fly-posting on certain types of public property, such as:

  • street furniture
  • subways
  • bus stops 
  • telephone boxes
  • post boxes
  • train or Metro stations
  • utility boxes

Unfortunately, we don't deal with fly-posting higher than 6ft unless it's offensive.

Report fly-posting

You can alternatively call our customer service team on 0191 433 7000. 

Fixed penalty notices (FPNs)

The law authorises our neighbourhood wardens to issue fixed penalty notices to anyone caught fly-posting.

If you are prosecuted in court for fly-posting, you could receive a substantial fine or even a prison term.

Pay a fixed penalty notice

Graffiti

Graffiti is the unauthorised writing or drawing on any building or property.

To find out more about fly-posting or to report a fly-posting issue, visit gateshead.gov.uk/graffiti.

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