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Application for a service sign permit

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

Roadside guidance to a site that serves road users can be arranged. Road users are guided from one place to another using direction boards and signs. The services needed when travelling can be pointed out to road users with informative signs to service sites. The service site in question must have a sufficient level of service and the services indicated in the informative sign must be available at ...

Do the following

Use the e-service primarily.

Signing into the service requires strong authentication. You will need either a bank ID, a mobile certificate or a certificate card.

Attach the following to the application:

  • a map that shows the location of the site and any desired locations of the signs

  • information about the offered services, number of customers seats, opening hours, etc.

Because permit decisions are always site-specific, the application must include all the signs for the site. If the site provides several services and you want to include each of them (max 3) in the signs, please indicate the order or priority of the services in the application.

If you cannot use the e-service, you can use printable forms. Irrespective of the location, submit the application form to the registry of the Pirkanmaa ELY Centre (P.O. Box 297, 33101 Tampere). When using this application method, a separate processing fee is charged in addition to the actual permit fee.

To whom and on what terms

The ELY Centre can grant permission to place roadside informative signs to guide road users if they do not cause any danger or harm to traffic and do not cause unreasonable harm to road maintenance.

The services offered at the site, the service level, the location of the site and other services in the neighbouring area are considered before granting a permit for an informative sign, as well as the traffic-related need for directions of the site.

The permit service of the Pirkanmaa ELY Centre has discretion in this matter. The guidelines for service site signs will be used in the discretion. The guidelines show the principles for signs to service sites and the prerequisites for the use of signs, regional direction plans and case-specific justifications.

Processing time

Check the average processing time on the ELY Centre website (Service site signs). An incomplete application or missing appendices will slow down the processing of the application.

Period of validity

The permit is valid for five years. The period of validity is stated in the permit decision. The signs must be set up within one year of receiving a positive permit decision.

The service is provided by

Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment

Other responsible organisations

ELY Centre for North Karelia, ELY Centre for Southeast Finland, ELY Centre for North Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa, ELY Centre for South Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Kainuu, ELY Centre for Lapland, ELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi, ELY Centre for Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for North Savo, ELY Centre for Central Finland, ELY Centre for Uusimaa, ELY Centre for Satakunta, ELY Centre for South Savo, ELY Centre for Häme

Responsible for the service

Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Text edited by: ELY Centre
Updated: 26/1/2023