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

A licence is valid for a minimum of 7 days and must be renewed if the work will exceed this period.

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


  • 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. eg 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. Poles must be maintained to enable people in wheelchairs/prams to pass the scaffold safely

How do I apply?

Download and complete a Scaffolding licence application form.

How much will it cost?

Licence charges for Scaffolding, Access Platforms, Cherry Pickers and Mobile Cranes


Further Information

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