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Road signs and markings

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Introduction to signs and markings

Road markings and traffic signs are produced and installed to specific standards which Dorset Council is obliged to follow. Any sign erected and placed within the boundary of the highway without consent is an unauthorised sign and could be removed.

We have a policy to only install signing to a limit needed for safety as using too many signs tends to clutter the highway.

Signs and markings in detail


Many local businesses use A-boards to advertise their goods and services. Our A-boards policy will ensure a consistent approach across the county and will support the local economy by helping companies to advertise their business and services.

Guidance has been written to ensure businesses can meet the policy requirements and are aware of the enforcement action the council can take if these are not adhered to.

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Access protection markings

These are single white lines painted on the tarmac in front of dropped kerbs, commonly at driveways and crossing points. Residents and businesses can request access protection markings.

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Brown tourism signs

Businesses can apply for and request brown tourism signs.

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Community signs

Communities and public services can apply for and request community signs.

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Roundabout sponsorship

Advertising opportunities are available on roundabouts as part of a sponsorship programme.

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Street name signs

Requests for new street name signs are managed by Dorset Council.

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Temporary event direction signs

These signs can be used for events which:

  • take place for no more than consecutive seven days
  • are expected to attract more than 500 people people per day
  • meet the criteria set out in our policy and guidance

Organisers of such events must contact Dorset Council before setting up temporary event direction signs.

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Traffic safety mirrors

Dorset Council do not approve mirrors on the highway.

It is the responsibility of the land/property owner to ensure good visibility from their private access onto the public highway. After all reasonable alternative works have been carried out to improve visibility, such as cutting back vegetation, then placing a visibility or safety mirror on private land is an option with the permission of the land owner.

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Unauthorised signs

Unauthorised signs are not permitted on the highway and can be removed without notice by Dorset Council and stored incurring a charge of £1.00 per day.

The Unauthorised Signs Policy sets out how signs will be removed.

Report an unauthorised sign

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