Legal requirements for construction site hoardings

What Are The Legal Requirements For Construction Site Hoardings?

Hoarding panels are a practical legal requirement for the modern construction process. They maintain public safety and offer an imperative opportunity to advertise & inform on a wider scale. Due to the size of the hoarding panels launching your brand on to the next level will be simple.

Towns, main roads, city centres. All of these areas have a huge footfall which allows for your creation to have a heightened level of awareness; leaving a lasting impression with your company name emblazoned in the public’s mind. – but both in their build to the design, a few rules and regulations apply.

Are construction site hoardings a legal requirement?

The Health and Safety Act 1974 explains that all employers and the self-employed must take reasonable practical steps to ensure the health and safety of the general public. The implication of this is that a construction site (which is a very dangerous place) requires a protective perimeter, and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 make this very clear, detailing that any unauthorised access must be prevented.

What are the safety requirements of construction site hoarding?

A construction site hoarding is used to mainly keep the public from the harmful construction site, removing any risk from unauthorised access. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 include the two most important government led standards that construction companies need to take ‘reasonable steps’ to prevent unauthorised access to a construction site (regulation 13.6) and public are offered appropriate protection from the construction site. (regulation 27.2)

The are many government backed regulations for the planning of construction site hoardings and before you can begin designing the artwork for your hoarding, you need to draw up plans for the hoarding and ticks all the boxes.

In short, we recommend the following steps:

  • Be high enough so that it can’t be easily scaled
  • Be secure enough that it can’t be knocked/blown down or penetrated
  • Obscure the site visually, to deter opportunistic theft or temptation to enter
  • Control access to the site through secure gates/access points


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