Flag Pole

Flag Pole

Do I Need Permission - Ask An Expert I have been gifted an 8m high flag pole and I am wondering whether I require planning persmission to install this in my back garden.
Question Posted By – Rod Manson In Area – West Central Scotland

  1. Mike HydeMike Hyde02-25-2014

    Hello Rod. You would need panning permission for the erection of your flagpole if this amounted to “development”, i.e. if the works involved were considered to be substantial enough to constitute a building or engineering operation. There are ‘permitted development’ rights that relate to the carrying out of any building, engineering, installation or other operation within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse, but these do not permit the erection of structures that exceed 3 metres in height. Planning permission would not however be required if the flagpole was used for the display of an advertisement, and the advertisement in question had the necessary consent. This is where things get even more complicated! Most flags (national flags etc.) are not advertisements, and if you did want to fly a flag that was an advertisement (e.g. if you operated a business from the premises), you would need to submit an application for advertisement consent (NOT planning permission). On balance, my feeling is that the foundation necessary to support an 8 metre high flagpole (I am assuming flying a flag) would be substantial enough to dictate that an application for planning permission would be required.

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