A major local authority has asked the Government for powers to ban agents’ boards.
If the request, by Camden Council in London, is granted, boards could only be erected with planning permission.
The ban would apply to both sales and rental properties.
It follows a consultation earlier this year when 89% of respondents backed plans for a borough-wide ban.
The council said that agents’ boards have triggered more than 1,000 complaints over the last five years.
Cllr Danny Beales said: “It’s clear from our consultation that an overwhelming majority of residents support the change. The boards are cluttering our streets, often left for months on end, effectively free advertising.”