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Advertisement control

- advertisements can take many forms, awnings, blinds, hanging signs, hoardings, placards etc - all have an impact on their surroundings. Control is exercised through the Control of Advertisement Regulations which, like most planning legislation differs between England and Scotland. Broadly speaking, the legislation is steadily becoming more permissive and a great deal can be done under the umbrella of "deemed consent", but, virtually all forms of advertisement will affect the character of a building and nothing in the regulations removes the need to obtain listed building consent where a listed building is so affected. It is also worth noting that conservation area legislation does not bring any special powers to control advertisements, but authorities can seek to make them "areas of special control", a power that is seldom sought.