Criteria of path width and accessibility will be taken into account for businesses applying for these licences.
An example given by Paul Barton, director of environment, was that when a footway in front of one applicant’s store is too small – their application would be rejected and alternative options provided.
He said: “We’re currently experiencing an increase in this problem, especially in terms of accessibility in and around our major towns.
"I went out a few months ago with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Society (to see this first hand).
“One of the members got hung up at an A-board and it was a really nasty experience.”
A council report highlighted this was part of an ongoing commitment to reduce street clutter within the borough where public safety is paramount. This policy does not apply to A-Boards on private property, including privately owned shopping centres.
It applies solely to A-Boards and similar objects placed on public highways, which also includes footpaths, paved areas and pavements.
Manchester, Tameside and Stockport are the only other Greater Manchester councils which have a policy in place in regard to a-Boards, with their licences costing £100, £150 and £27 respectively.