Everyone will see your noticeboard when they pass by the church. Make a good first impression.

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Blue sign in front of the church building with name of the church St Thomas of Canterbury, Elsfield

Have a good design

A good design is vital. And one made specifically for your church says more about you. Don’t be afraid to hire a professional designer.

Think about:

The setting
Is it readable?
The logos
Is it durable?

“A cheap job will always look cheap and rarely pays in the long run. Make sure that the board is worthy of your church.”

Church Buildings Council

What should it say?

Your noticeboard should have:

  • Regular service times
  • Key contact information
  • How to access the church outside of service times
  • Your website

Avoid information that will quickly be out-of-date.

How should you say it?

A passer-by should be able to quickly and easily understand the message of the board. It is vital to use:

  • Accessible language
  • A tone that reflects the character of the church and its worship style
  • A clear, concise and engaging voice

Who should you consult?

You should talk to:

What type of permissions do you need?

To put up a new noticeboard or to move an existing one, you will need to apply for:

Advertisement consent is regulated by the Town and Control Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007.

The regulations contain 17 classes of advertisements for which you don’t need permission from the local planning authority as long you meet specific conditions. They are called deemed consent.

We think that category 2A and category 2C are the most likely to apply to churches and churchyards:

Deemed consent: Category 2A
Deemed consent: Category 2C
Areas of special control


There are 17 classes of deemed consent. We have only summarised those we think will be the most common. You should seek further legal advice where it is required.

You might be fined £2,500 if you fail to comply with the regulations. The PCC could be liable for this. Avoid the risk and contact your local planning authority as early as possible.

And remember. You still need a faculty.

This advice has been adapted from a note issued by Oxford Diocesan Registry.