Fly posting

Street cleaning


Fly posters are advertising posters, flyers or stickers that are put up without the permission of the property owner or the local council.

Putting these up is called fly posting and it’s a criminal offence.

It’s our responsibility to remove fly posters from public property -  including walls, trees, lamp posts, benches, bus stops, railings and public buildings like libraries.

Tell us about fly posting

If you see fly posters stuck on public property, report it to us.

You can also tell us if you know who put them up.

Report fly posting

We'll inspect the location within three working days and remove the fly posters. Please let us know if the material is offensive and we'll aim to remove it within one working day.

Report fly posting when you're on the go

We’ve made it even easier for you to report fly posing when you're out and about.

Use our brand new chatbots on Facebook /walthamforestcouncil or Twitter

You can also use it to report fly tipping and dog fouling.


As well as removing the posters, we’ll investigate who put them there, with a view to taking action against them. We'll attempt to take action against the person fly posting, or if this isn't possible, against the organiser of the event advertised.

We can do this by:

  • issuing a fixed penalty notice of £80 per incident (this means per poster or sticker, not per event advertised) 
  • prosecuting  – fines are up to £5,000

We will consider giving permission to organisers of local or charity events to put up advertising posters on public property. Please email at least four weeks before the event.

We will get back to you within five days and tell you if we have given you permission. If the answer is no, we will explain our reasons.

It’s the owner’s responsibility to remove fly posting on private property. If this isn’t done, we can send a notice instructing the owner to remove this within a certain time period.

If our notice is ignored, then we can remove the fly posters ourselves, and charge the property owner for this work.

Fly posting on railway property should be reported directly to Network Rail.

You can call them on 03457 11 41 41, or use one of Network Rail's online forms.


If you don't have access to a computer, you can visit a Library Plus branch where you can use a self-service pc to log your request/report.  Staff are available to support you if you need it.​​​​​​​

Contact Click to get info

Neighbourhoods Team

London Borough of Waltham Forest
Town Hall
Forest Road
E17 4JF