Permission to hand out printed material (flyers)

  1. Summary

    Free printed material includes but is not limited to:
    • Leaflets
    • Booklets
    • Flyers
    • Newspapers
    • Branded merchandise or marketing materials
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    To hand out printed material you will need permission in any of the following areas. 
    1. Manchester City Centre
    2. Area surrounding the Etihad Stadium 
    3.  Oxford Road Corridor
    4.  

    Additional permissions - Markets

    You will need extra permission if you want to distribute material where a market is taking place(eg, Manchester Christmas Markets). 

    For more information contact neighbourhoodmarkets@manchester.gov.uk

    Additional permissions - Events in the city centre

    If you want to hold a promotional event, email citycentrespacebookings@manchester.gov.uk, or see which spaces are available to  book online.

    A Leaflet Distribution Consent will not be issued until permissions have been obtained.

  2. Important information

    Exceptions

    You don’t need to apply for consent if your free printed materials are for:
    1. Charitable causes
    2. Political/belief purposes for example philosophical beliefs including atheism, environmentalism, pacifism and veganism.  
    3. Religious beliefs
    4.  

  3. Fees

    Find out more about fees and how they are calculated for this application

  4. Application and guidance notes

    Apply to handout free print material

    View the guidance notes and standard permit conditions before you apply for consent

  5. Processing and timescales

    Applications for consent will normally be considered within 5 days of receipt. 

  6. Validity and renewals

    Consents last for twelve months from the date of grant and an application for a new consent must be applied for thereafter. Additional or replacement badges may be requested at any time.

  7. Terms of use

    You can share your consent card with anyone you choose, providing it is used by one person at a time and they do not break any of our conditions. You will need to pay for additional consent cards if you want more than one person to distribute your free printed materials at the same time.

    Applications for consent will usually be refused if the applicant has been convicted of an offence of distributing free printed matter without consent, or causing another person to distribute free printed without consent within the last 5 years; or paid a Fixed Penalty Notice within the last 3 years.

    Consents will also be refused if, in the opinion of the Council, the proposed distribution leaflet contains racist or offensive literature or promotes tobacco products.  

    Consents will also be refused if, in the opinion of the Council, the proposed distribution leaflet would be likely to lead to defacement of the designated land.  In these circumstances we will notify you of the reasons for refusal and give you the opportunity to comment before providing a final decision. Refused applicants may appeal to the Magistrates Court against a refusal.

  8. Complaints

    Contact us in the first instance

    Refused applicants may appeal to the Magistrates Court against a refusal.

  9. Contact us

    For further information or for a complaint contact us on premises.licensing@manchester.gov.uk in the first instance.
    Contact the premises team if you need additional badges after a permit has been issued

  10. Further Information

    Environmental Protection Act

    Charities act 1993

    Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

    Advertising standards agency

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