Firstly, in most cases, the flag you’re wanting to fly is probably well within the rules. However, there are certain circumstances where special permission is required. Before you set up a garden flagpole, brush up on your knowledge of the latest rules and regulations. This will ensure you aren’t breaking any laws.
There are some rules that apply to all flags. When you’re flying your flag, make sure you’re following the rules below:
Recent changes mean that a wider range of national, sub-national, community and international flags no longer need permission to display. This means that you can fly this type of flag without contacting your local planning authority. That is, provided you’re not displaying any additional subject matter to the design of the flag (with the exception of a black mourning ribbon).
Flags that do not need permission to display include:
There are also some flags that do not require any consent provided you’re complying with restrictions:
The biggest change brought about by the new regulations is that you may now have up to two flags within the grounds of a building. Previously the limit was one. Furthermore, there are no restrictions on the size of the flag. That said, the garden flagpole must not be more than 4.6 metres above ground level. Without planning consent, your local council may allow a larger pole, so you should check with them. Also, for more information read our blog on how to install a garden flagpole.
If the flag you’re wanting to display isn’t mentioned above, or if you’re unsure, contact your local planning authority. They can provide detailed advice.
Harrison Flagpoles have been manufacturing high quality flags and flagpoles for over 50 years. If you’ve checked the regulations and are ready to set up your own flag, view the wide variety we offer. You can also talk to our friendly team on 01325 390 195!