Road Signs: Environmental Code of Practice

The Code of Practice is used to help strike a balance between technical requirements and environmental impact.

After it has been decided that a sign is required, the Code of Practice sets out five environmental design factors to be considered (in order of importance):

    1. Position of sign.

    2. Height of sign when erected.

    3. Number of signs required.

    4. Size of sign chosen.

    5. Fixing method for signs.

The Code of Practice is also used when considering applications from others to place signs on the highway.

We're currently undertaking a Highways Asset Review and Reduction Project to review the need for existing signs. It will also consider whether they are to be retained or whether they can be moved or changed to reduce their visual impact. 

This project will be used to develop best practice guides to help reduce transport-related clutter around the county.

Related documents

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