A record of governmental regulations and guidance relating to traditional counties. The legislation and regulations apply to English counties alone; the information from the Office for National Statistics, also coves Wales and Scotland.
FLAG FLYING IN ENGLAND
2012 Plain English guide to flying flags, outlining the revised regulations of 2007 and 2012, which have greatly reduced the restrictions on the raising of flags in England and made it a far easier practice. Includes links to the specific applicable legislation towards the end of the page.
ENGLISH COUNTY BOUNDARIES
2014 Revised planning rules regarding the marking of county boundaries
PROMOTING ENGLISH COUNTIES
2019 Guidance for English local authorities on promoting England’s traditional counties
OFFICE OF NATIONAL STATISTICS (ONS)
2016 advice from the Office for National Statistics, on page 13 of the user-guide to its Index of Place Names detailing the continued existence of traditional counties
Additional information on the subject from the geography blog of the ONS
https//britishcounty flags.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/ ond-the-county.pdf
ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH COUNTIES AND HISTORIC COUNTIES TRUST INFORMATION.
In addition to the above official regulations;
the Historic Counties Standard, produced by the Historic Counties Trust, provides a comprehensive definition of the names, areas and borders of our counties of the UK;
an ABC guide to our historic counties is available here;
a selection of fact sheets, with basic information regarding the status of our counties and further information on lieutenancies is available from ABC here;
an analysis of the true status of our counties by ABC Chairman Peter Boyce can be found here;
and ABC Vice-Chairman Rupert Barnes provides some interesting insights into county identities here.
The “County Wise” pages provided by the Association of British Counties include
a synopsis of the status of our counties;
details explaining how the historic counties were never abolished;
a definition of the types of county and the issue of “county confusion” that these cause
and some frequently asked questions and answers regarding our counties.