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Applying for Tourist signs

Providing clear direction signs to visitor attractions is a very important aspect of making a visit as pleasurable and relaxing as possible.

What is the Tourist Sign Criteria?

West Lothian Council will consider applications for tourist signs against the following main criteria:

  • Attractions must be recognised by Visit Scotland (opens new window) (tel: 01463 244111)
  • Signs will normally only be authorised from the nearest main road - usually the nearest 'A' class roads.
  • Attractions directly fronting main 'A' class roads would not normally be eligible for tourist signs.
  • Accommodation and catering establishments will not normally be eligible for tourist signs if they are in towns with tourist information centres.

However, a balance needs to be struck between providing signs and minimising sign clutter and environmental intrusion.

How to Apply

Approved sign design, manufacture, erection and maintenance

Tourist signs are white text on a brown background and, as with all road signs, must comply with national regulations. The council's Road Safety and Traffic Management team can design the signs or they can be designed by a specialist consultant for approval by the council.

If signs are approved, the costs of design, manufacture, erection and maintenance of the signs will be the responsibility of the applicant. Applicants will need to enter into an agreement with the council before signs can be erected.


Roads and Transportation Services: Telephone - 01506 280000