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.
- You will need to provide a site location diagram which gives the information we need. Please check this guidance which gives examples of what is and what is not acceptable. For more help, check this guidance on how to create a site location plan.