You need a licence to place scaffolding on the highway.
To apply, you will need to get in touch with a scaffolding company which holds Traffic Signs Manual, Chapter 8 Signing, Lighting and Guarding cards or certificates and a minimum of £5 million public liability insurance. They will then submit an application to us. Scaffolding and hoardings may only be erected on the public highway by suitably qualified contractors.
We need a minimum of 10 working days’ notice to process the application.
A licence costs £55. In an exceptional emergency situation it may be possible to grant a licence with fewer than 10 working days’ notice, at a cost of £100. Application costs are exempt from tax.
Information for contractors
- The safety of all pedestrians and road users must be the first priority when working adjacent to the road, pavement or any part of the highway.
- Your application should state exactly how long your scaffolding will be needed for.
- Licences can be valid for a maximum of 12 weeks; for longer periods you will need to apply for an extension at an additional cost of £45. This must be done while the current licence is still valid.
- You need Traffic Signs Manual, Chapter 8 Signing, Lighting and Guarding cards or certificates and a minimum of £5 million public liability insurance. You need to provide evidence of this if requested.