In most cases, the flag you’re wanting to fly is probably well within the rules but there are certain circumstances where special permission is required. Before you set up a flagpole in your garden, be sure to brush up on your knowledge of the latest rules and regulations to ensure you aren’t breaking any law.
There are some rules that apply to all flags. When you’re flying your flag, make sure you’re following the rules below:
Ensure the flag is maintained in a condition that does not impair the overall appearance of the site
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, provided you’re not displaying any additional subject matter to the design of the flag (a black mourning ribbon is the exception). Flags that do not need permission to display include:
There are also certain flags that do not require any consent provided you’re complying with restrictions:
The biggest change brought about by the new regulations is the permittance of up to two flags within the grounds of a building, whereas this was previously limited to just one. There are no restrictions on the size of the flag, however the flagpole must not exceed more than 4.6 metres above ground level. Without planning consent, however, check with your local council as they may be happy with you having a larger pole without consent. Also, for more information read our blog on how to install a flagpole.
If the flag you’re wanting to display hasn’t been mentioned above, or if you’re unsure, you should contact your local planning authority as 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, have a browse of the wide variety we offer or talk to our friendly team on 01325 390 195.