A local council says it is considering restricting how estate agent use boards for advertising community events like school sports days and village fetes.
St Albans council in Hertfordshire says there has been an increase in the number of such boards put up outside homes in residential areas in recent years, and it claims there is local concern they are often primarily commercial adverts for agents themselves.
A council task force has recommended that St Albans follow the example of other local authorities by restricting the estate agency’s logo to a fifth of the sign’s advertising area.
Some of these signs currently require the consent of the council anyway and failure to follow the procedure risks prosecution for the householder where the sign is displayed.
The council claims that in the three months from April to June 2016, 135 complaints about planning enforcement issues were received, 59 in April alone - and several of them apparently about estate agents’ boards.
During the same period, 133 investigated cases were closed while three enforcement and one planning contravention notice were served.