Is it illegal to fly an England flag outside your home?

The England flag flying over Norwich City Centre. PHOTO: Sonya Brown

The England flag flying over Norwich City Centre. PHOTO: Sonya Brown - Credit: Archant

The government changed the law about which flags you can fly without consent back in 2012.

The World Cup is here and many fans want to show their team support by displaying flags on their properties.

Changes to the law introduced after the World Cup held in South Africa mean that it is no longer illegal to fly a national flag without permission of the local council.

The changes came after widespread calls for common sense after a number of people faced legal cases during the 2010 event.

Residents of the UK can now freely fly:


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1. Any country's national flag, the flag of the commonwealth, the EU, or any other international organisation of which the UK is a member

2. The flag of any island, county, city, town, village, borough, burgh, or parish in the UK

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3. The flag of any historic county

4. The flag of Saint David, Saint Patrick, Saint George, and Saint Andrew

5. Any flag of Her Majesty's forces

People will still have to take into account health and safety regulations, especially if sporting flags on or in their cars. It is also stipulated that the flag must not display any advertising in addition to its recognised design.

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