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Regional Planning Policies: Policy TOU 5 Advance Direction Signs

Policy TOU 5 Advance Direction Signs
Signs directing visitors to tourist attractions will generally be permitted, subject to amenity and safety criteria.
The tourist industry, being so dependent on visitors, has a recognised need for advance signs directing people to the facilities available. Signs may be provided for permanent places or facilities to which the people make excursions for sightseeing, entertainment or for historical or cultural purposes. Signing may also be available for tourist information points, leisure drives, camping, caravan and picnic sites, youth hostels and certain other facilities. Where considered appropriate such signs will be erected by the Department, will be of a standard format and will be at the developer's expense. The erection of signs other than those provided by the Department will not normally be acceptable. The main criteria for the use of tourist signs are as follows:
  • the attraction must be recognised by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and deemed to merit signing;
  • the distance at which attractions may be signed and the standard of road on which signs may be provided will be determined generally by reference to visitor numbers;
  • traffic will be directed only on to a route considered suitable;
  • minimum signage will be provided particularly where clear guidance is given by existing direction signs. Exceptionally more extensive signing may be permitted on traffic management or safety grounds;
  • signs will conform with the current design rules for traffic signs; and
  • signs shall be sited with due regard to the amenity of the locality.
Further detailed guidance is available from Divisional Offices of the Department's Roads Service.
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