Road signs and markings
- access protection markings
- brown tourism signs
- community signs
- roundabout sponsorship
- street name signs
- temporary event direction signs
- traffic safety mirrors
- unauthorised signs
Road markings and traffic signs are produced and installed to national standards with which Dorset Council complies. 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.
Report a problem with road signs and markings
Many local businesses use A-boards to advertise their goods and services. Dorset Council supports the local economy by helping businesses achieve this through the use of A-boards.
Our A-boards policy and conditions ensures a consistent approach across the county.
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.
Businesses can apply for and request brown tourism signs that comply with our policy and requirements.
Communities and public services can apply for and request community signs that comply with our policy and requirements.
Advertising opportunities are available on roundabouts as part of a sponsorship programme.
Requests for street name signs to accompany new developments should be directed to area offices.
Report a damaged or missing street name sign
These signs can be used for events which:
- take place for no more than seven consecutive days
- are expected to attract more than 500 people per day
Signs placed on the highway should comply with our policy and guidance.
To obtain permission to place these signs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Our policy sets out the circumstances for when these signs will be removed.