In last week’s blogs we explored what requirements there are for flying flags and some of the permissions that are required in order to do so. As per last week, the full details of the requirements can be found here:
We looked at section 1 last which covered flags that need no consent in order to be flown. This week we will cover the other two areas.
- Flags which do not need consent provided they comply with further restrictions (referred to as “deemed consent” in the Regulations).
A number of categories of flag may be flown without consent, subject to certain restrictions regarding the size of the flag, the size of characters on the flag, and the number and location of the flags.
Categories of flag that can now be flown:
- House flag – where the flag is allowed to display the name, emblem, device or trademark of the company (or person) occupying the building, or can refer to a specific event of limited duration that is taking place in the building from which the flag is flown.
- Any sports club (but cannot include sponsorship logos).
- The horizontal striped rainbow flag, such as the “Pride” Flag.
- Specified award schemes – Eco-Schools, Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and Investors in People.
The restrictions on flying this second category of flag relate to where the flagpole (flagstaff) is located on a building or within the grounds of a building.
Flying a flag on a vertical flagpole from the roof of a building
- Only one flag on a vertical flagpole on the roof of a building is permitted.
- There are no restrictions on the size of flag.
- No restrictions on the size of any character or symbol displayed on the flag, except where a flag is flown within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, area of special control*, the Broads, Conservation Area or a National Park (referred to elsewhere as “controlled areas”) where the characters may be no more than 0.75 metre in height (0.3 metre in height in an area of special control).
- It is permitted to fly one flag on a vertical flagpole on the roof of a building and one flag within the grounds of the building without consent (subject to restrictions below). However it is not permitted to fly a flag on a projecting flagpole and on a vertical roof top flagpole without consent.
Flying a flag on a flagpole projecting from any part of a building other than the roof (e.g. projecting from the side of the building)
- Only one flag on a projecting flagpole on a building is permitted.
- The flag may not exceed 2 square metres in size.
- No restrictions on the size of characters.
- Consent is required if the flagpole is in a controlled area.
- It is permitted to fly one flag on a vertical flagpole on the roof of a building and one flag within the grounds of the building without consent (subject to restrictions below). However it is not permitted to fly a flag on a vertical flagpole on the roof and a projecting flagpole without consent.
Flying one or two flags within the grounds of a building
You can now fly up to two flags (before the changes only one flag was allowed) within the grounds (the Regulations refer to “curtilage”) of a building subject to the conditions listed below:
- There are no restrictions on the size of the flag, but any flagpole may not exceed 4.6 metres above ground level.
- Consent is required if the flag is to be flown in a controlled area.
- Up to two flags can be flown without consent in the grounds of a building, but only one flag can be flown within the grounds of a building if another flag is either being flown from the roof, or is projecting from the building.
The table below summarises the various options for flying flags from, or within the grounds, of buildings.
|Summary of location options If I fly one flag||What other flags do not require consent|
|On a vertical flagpole on the roof||One additional flagpole in the grounds of the building is allowed|
|On a projecting flagpole from the building||One additional flagpole in the grounds of the building is allowed|
|In the grounds of the building||One additional flag is allowed – either a vertical flagpole on the roof of the building or a projecting flagpole attached to the building or flagpole in the grounds of the building|
Green and blue Environmental Award Scheme flags
The changes also allow a flag of the Blue Flag award scheme to be flown from a flagpole on part of a beach or marina and a flag of the Green Flag Award scheme or Green Flag Community Award scheme to be flown on part of a park, garden or other green space.
3, Flags which require consent
This one is easy……………..Any flag not identified above requires express consent from the local planning authority before it can be flown.
Well there you have it. Hopefully this will provide you with more of an insight with regards to flying your existing flag or if you are thinking about flying one.