You need a licence from the council to put up any scaffolding, hoarding or site an access platform on a public highway.

When carrying out any building work, maintenance or removal of any part of a property which is adjacent to the public highway, the safety of all users of the highway must be considered. This is achieved by providing safe areas at ground level or a platform at high level.

Failure to obtain a licence or to follow the regulations of the licence is an offence under The Highways Act 1980 and can result in fines up to £5000

A licence is valid for 28 days and must be renewed if the work will exceed this period.

Scaffolding or access platform 

  • During the erection or dismantling period, a safe working area at ground level is required to prevent pedestrians gaining access. In the town centre this work should be carried out outside normal working hours. For example before 8am, after 6pm or on a Sunday.
  • Scaffolding will require illumination unless no part of it is less than 0.45m (18 inches) from a carriageway in a horizontal direction and no part of it over a footway is less than 2.4m (8 feet) above it.
  • Pedestrian walkways must be maintained around the scaffold. If this cannot be arranged, it must be designed to allow access under and through the scaffold safely. For example no trip hazards, no projecting tubes or fittings and it needs to be covered adequately to provide a working platform and prevent materials or debris falling through. Poles must be maintained to enable people in wheelchairs/prams to pass the scaffold safely.

How much will it cost?

 

Scaffolding & Access Platform Licence Fees

   Licence Period  Initial Licence Fee  Licence Renewal Fee
 BAND A
 non-traffic
 sensitive road
 0-7 days  £29.50  £29.50 / week
 (max 1 week)
 up to 14 days  £47.20
 up to 1 month  £94.40
 up to 3 months  £283.00
 up to 6 months  £566.00
 up to 9 months  £849.00
 up to 12 months  £1132.00
 BAND B
 traffic sensitive
 roads
 0-7 days  £43.00  £43.00 / week
 (max 1 week)
 up to 14 days  £68.80
 up to 1 month  £138.00
 up to 3 months  £413.00
 up to 6 months  £826.00
 up to 9 months  £1239.00
 up to 12 months  £1652.00
 BAND C
 town centres
 0-7 days  £63.00  £63.00 / week
 (max 1 week)
 up to 14 days  £101.00
 up to 1 month  £202.00
 up to 3 months  £605.00
 up to 6 months  £1210.00
 up to 9 months  £1815.00
 up to 12 months  £2420.00

How do I apply?

Download an application form for a scaffolding or access platform licence.

Hoardings

  • Hoardings must be a minimum of 2.5m high and be able to withstand high winds.
  • Illumination may be required if street lighting is not adequate.
  • They must have a smooth finish with no protruding parts.
  • Pedestrian walkways of satisfactory width are to be maintained or provided and regularly inspected by the contractor.

How much will it cost?

Hoarding Licence Fees

Licence Period Initial Licence Fee Licence Renewal Fee
BAND A
non-traffic
sensitive road
0-7 days £16.80 £16.80 / week
(max 1 week)
up to 14 days £26.90
up to 1 month £53.70
up to 3 months £161.00
up to 6 months £322.00
up to 9 months £483.00
up to 12 months £644.00
BAND B
traffic sensitive
roads
0-7 days £22.00 £22.00 / week
(max 1 week)
up to 14 days £35.30
up to 1 month £70.50
up to 3 months £211.00
up to 6 months £423.00
up to 9 months £634.00
up to 12 months £845.00
BAND C
town centres
0-7 days £28.90 £28.90 / week
(max 1 week)
up to 14 days £46.30
up to 1 month £92.50
up to 3 months £277.00
up to 6 months £555.00
up to 9 months £832.00
up to 12 months £1109.00

How do I apply?

Download an application form for a hoarding licence.

If you need any more information or advice about highway licences, or help in completing your application please contact us.

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