[(1) Subsections (2) and (3) apply if the local planning authority for an area in England have reason to believe that there is a persistent problem with the display of unauthorised advertisements on a surface of—
(a) any building, wall, fence or other structure or erection; or
(b) any apparatus or plant.
(2) The local planning authority may serve an action notice on the owner or occupier of the land in or on which the surface is situated.
(3) If after reasonable enquiry the local planning authority—
(a) are unable to ascertain the name and address of the owner, and
(b) are unable to ascertain the name and address of the occupier,
the local planning authority may fix an action notice to the surface.
(4) For the purposes of this section “an action notice”, in relation to a surface, is a notice requiring the owner or occupier of the land in or on which the surface is situated to carry out the measures specified in the notice by a time specified in the notice.
(5) A time may be specified in an action notice if it is a reasonable time not earlier than the end of 28 days beginning with the date of the notice.
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