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Handing out printed material

Apply for consent to hand out printed material in the city.

Free printed matter includes any newspaper, document, card, leaflet, flyer, pamphlet, sticker or any other material for which there is no charge to the recipient.

The map below defines Wolverhampton city centre:

pdf icon Map of Wolverhampton Ring Road [2Mb]

We consent the distribution of free printed matter to limit the amount of paper waste thrown on the pavement and pedestrianised areas.

If you distribute free printed matter and are not in possession of a valid consent, you are liable to a fine of up to £2,500.

An offence is also committed if someone 'causes' another person to distribute free printed matter in a designated area without consent.

How to apply


Yearly consent is at a cost of:

  • £300 for 1 person distributing matter at any one time
  • £345 for 2 persons distributing matter at any one time
  • £390 for 3 persons distributing matter at any one time

Temporary consents fees are at a cost of:

  • 1 day consent (for a maximum of two distributors) £50
  • 7 day consent (for a maximum of two distributors) £100  

Application form

pdf icon Application Form to Hand Out Printed Material [1Mb]

Returning your application

Complete and return the form with the correct fee to the address below.

Contact us

Please complete our general enquiry form providing as much information as you can to enable us to respond as quickly as possible.

Or write to:

Regeneration and Environment
City of Wolverhampton Council
Civic Centre, St. Peter's Square