Guide

Legal requirements for tourism businesses

Signs for your tourism business

If you display any outdoor signs or advertisements you may need to apply to the planning authority for consent. The need for consent from the planning authority depends on whether signs are fully, partially or not lit-up and where they are placed.

If your property is listed or lies within a conservation area you may need additional consents. You could also be more restricted in the types of signs you can display.

You will also need to ensure that any signs displayed are not misleading. This could constitute a breach of fair trading rules, as well as marketing laws.

Brown tourism signs

If you wish to apply for brown tourism signposting, you should contact the Roads Department of your local council, who will advise you about:

  • procedures
  • local policy
  • costs

Tourism Northern Ireland provide information aboutĀ brown signs.