Distribute free printed materials
The free printed matter consent schemes try to control the litter problem created by the distribution and subsequent discarding of flyers, free newspapers, documents, cards, leaflets, pamphlets, stickers and other literature.
The City Council currently operates three free printed matter consent areas (please see below) If you want to distribute free literature in these areas, you should apply for a consent using the Apply for a consent button above. If you are considering running an event (e.g. setting up stalls, use of vehicles, actors, costumes, video screens etc.) or wish to distribute more than just leaflets ie. free samples or products in the City Centre then you must also seek permission from Birmingham City Centre Management who can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This is in addition to applying for a consent using the button above.
The three free printed matter areas, for which you require to apply for consent are:
- City centre retail area
- Hurst Street
A map showing the free printed matter consent areas is attached below.
The schemes do not apply to the distribution of free printed matter by or on behalf of a charity within the meaning of the Charities Act 1993 or where the distribution is for political purposes or for the purpose of a religion or belief.
PLEASE NOTE: The City Council are currently consulting on a proposal to extend the existing free printed matter consent scheme operating around the Hurst Street, Digbeth and the retail area of the city centre to include an area around Broad Street.
The purpose of the scheme is to help control the litter problem created by the distribution of free printed material, which is often quickly discarded or even left in piles by those distributing it.
The scheme does not apply to the distribution of free printed matter:
- by or on behalf of a charity within the meaning of the Charities Act 1993.
- Where the distribution is for political purposes or for the purpose of a religion or belief.
Persons wishing to distribute free printed materials in the proposed consent area will be required to pay an annual consent fee of £260 per person distributing the free printed matter as well as abiding by certain conditions which are included in the attachment at the bottom of this page.
Any objections to the proposal should be sent by letter (to arrive no later than 30th April 2015) addressed to the Head of Environmental Health, Regulation and Enforcement, Birmingham City Council, PO Box 16978, Birmingham, B2 2AX, by e-mail to email@example.com or through the Birmingham Be Heard website www.birminghambeheard.org.uk.
The City Council proposes to adopt the consent scheme with effect from the 1st September 2015.
For further information please contact 0121 675 2754 or go to our Contact Us page and simply complete the contact form to tell us what you need to know.
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