Road signs

The Council as Highway Authority provides signs in order to give information to the road user.

The Highway Code gives examples of the most common signs in normal use.

Signs fall into certain groups:

All signs, whether temporary or permanent, require the approval of the Council as Highway Authority.

Special signs are allowed with prior approval of the Department for Transport, or if they are experimental and under trial. The Government, through the Secretary of State for Transport, only allows officially authorised signs to be erected on the highway. For example “No Ball Games” is not an authorised sign and cannot be installed on highway verges.

The Highways and Engineering Division of the Environmental Services Directorate attempts to keep all signs legible and visible. All signs are reflective, but there is a legal requirement to illuminate some signs in areas of street lighting. Illuminated signs and bollards are checked regularly and are cleaned and replaced whenever necessary.

Report a problem or request a new road sign

Highways & Engineering Service
Henshaw House
Cheapside
Oldham
OL1 1NY
Tel 0161 770 4325