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224 Enforcement of control as to advertisements.E+W

(1)Regulations under section 220 may make provision for enabling the local planning authority to require—

(a)the removal of any advertisement which is displayed in contravention of the regulations, or

(b)the discontinuance of the use for the display of advertisements of any site which is being so used in contravention of the regulations.

(2)For that purpose the regulations may apply any of the provisions of Part VII with respect to enforcement notices or the provisions of section 186, subject to such adaptations and modifications as may be specified in the regulations.

(3)Without prejudice to any provisions included in such regulations by virtue of subsection (1) or (2), if any person displays an advertisement in contravention of the regulations he shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine of such amount as may be prescribed, not exceeding [F1level 4] on the standard scale and, in the case of a continuing offence, [F2one-tenth of [F1level 4] on the standard scale] for each day during which the offence continues after conviction.

(4)Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (3), a person shall be deemed to display an advertisement for the purposes of that subsection if—

(a)he is the owner or occupier of the land on which the advertisement is displayed; or

(b)the advertisement gives publicity to his goods, trade, business or other concerns.

(5)A person shall not be guilty of an offence under subsection (3) by reason only—

(a)of his being the owner or occupier of the land on which an advertisement is displayed, or

(b)of his goods, trade, business or other concerns being given publicity by the advertisement,

if he proves [F3either of the matters specified in subsection (6)] .

[F4(6)The matters are that—

(a)the advertisement was displayed without his knowledge; or

(b)he took all reasonable steps to prevent the display or, after the advertisement had been displayed, to secure its removal.]

[F5(7)Proceedings for an offence under subsection (3) may be brought within the period of 6 months beginning with the date on which evidence sufficient in the opinion of the prosecutor to justify the proceedings came to the prosecutor's knowledge.

(8)Subsection (7) does not authorise the commencement of proceedings for an offence more than 3 years after the date on which the offence was committed.

(9)For the purposes of subsection (7), a certificate—

(a)signed by or on behalf of the prosecutor, and

(b)stating the date on which evidence sufficient in the prosecutor's opinion to justify the proceedings came to the prosecutor's knowledge,

is conclusive evidence of that fact.

(10)A certificate stating that matter and purporting to be so signed is to be deemed to be so signed unless the contrary is proved.

(11)Subsection (7) does not apply in relation to an offence in respect of an advertisement in Wales.]

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F1Words in s. 224(3) substituted (20.1.2004) by Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 (c. 38), s. 53; S.I. 2003/3300, art. 2(d)

F3Words in s. 224(5) substituted (7.6.2005) by Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 (c. 16), ss. 33(2), 108 (with s. 33(4))

F5S. 224(7)-(11) inserted (6.4.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), ss. 126(4), 240(2) (with ss. 126(5), 144); S.I. 2012/628, art. 8(b) (with arts. 9, 12, 13, 16, 18-20) (as amended (3.8.2012) by S.I. 2012/2029, arts. 2, 4)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1S. 224: power to apply conferred (10.11.1993) by 1993 c. 28, s. 171(4)(a); S.I. 1993/2762, art. 3

C2S. 224 applied (with modifications) (13.7.2004) by London Local Authorities Act 2004 (c. i), ss. 1, 25

C3S. 224(3) restricted (19.9.2007) by London Local Authorities Act 2007 (c. ii), ss. 1(3)-(5), 8(3)

C4S. 224(3) applied (with modifications) (19.9.2007) by London Local Authorities Act 2007 (c. ii), ss. 1(3)-(5), 31, Sch. 2 Pt. 1

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