Scaffolding and hoarding licences

If you need to place scaffolding or hoarding on or over the public highway, you'll need a licence granted under Section 169 or 172 of the Highways Act 1980.

We reserve the right to refuse requests to place scaffolding or hoarding on the highway - even if payment has been made

Applying for a licence

Applications to place scaffolding or hoarding on the highway should be made at least 15 working days in advance of the start date required.

A site meeting may be required to discuss the impact of the structure on the highway (we recommend as much advance notice as possible).

Scaffolding licence

You can apply for a scaffolding licence by downloading an application form (pdf, 68kb). We recommend you read the guidance notes (pdf, 80kb) before applying.

Hoarding licence

You can apply for a hoarding licence by downloading an application form (pdf, 103kb). We recommend you read the guidance notes (pdf, 68kb) before applying.

Before starting the application, please make sure you have the following documents / information available:

  • a copy of your public liability insurance
  • company bank details and VAT number on letter headed paper (necessary to set your company up on our systems and to pay back any deposits on your account)
  • all relevant site plans or diagrams
  • details of any road closures required to carry out the works (Temporary Traffic Orders require 12 weeks to process to enable a road closure)
  • details of any parking suspensions that are required to carry out the works

Fees

The following license fees apply:

  • £341 per month (up to 10 metres in length)
  • £390 per month  (more than 10 metres in length but less than 50 metres)
  • £510 per month (over 50 metres in length)
  • deposit of £100 per metre of highway occupation

Once the application has been reviewed, you'll  be contacted with confirmation of the required fees. You can pay online or by telephone.

Conditions

We'll inspect your site on a regular basis. Your licensed activity must meet our terms and conditions. The terms and conditions must be agreed during your application.

If you have any queries or concerns or require further information, contact us.

Page last updated: 06 November 2017