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Building materials licence

Request a licence to place building materials including scaffolding and hoarding on any part of the highway.

If you wish to apply for a licence to temporarily occupy the highway, you must have consent from us.

The applicant must hold a current certificate demonstrating a competent knowledge of Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual and a minimum Public Liability Insurance of £5,000,000. It is the applicants responsibility to determine the appropriate level of cover.

Each licence is issued with standard conditions printed on the rear of the licence but we may add further special conditions.


Three types of application can be applied for:

  1. Major Works

    Where a licence period of between 10 and 28 days is required. These applications must be made 3 months in advance of the start date. Renewals of Major Works licences must be applied for giving 10 days notice and will be for a maximum of 28 days.
  2. Standard Works

    For a maximum licence period of 10 days. Applications or renewals made with less than 10 days notice will attract enhanced charges.
  3. Emergency Works

    For a maximum licence period of 10 days but enhanced charges will apply.

The owner of the items being deposited on the highway must apply for the licence and applications will not be considered until the appropriate fee has been paid.

Alternatively, you can apply to work on a public highway Opens in a new window via GOV.UK.


The cost of a licence depends on the amount of notice given and if a site visit is needed. 

  • £59.96 - Over 10 days notice given *
  • £119.91 - 10 days or less notice is given *
  • £119.91 - Site visit required
  • £59.96 – 3 months’ notice must be provided for a 28 day licence, classed as major works

* Fees cover our administration and apply to applications for new licenses or renewals and are non-refundable.


If you are concerned about the safety of any licensed activity on the public highway, please report this to us.

Report a problem with works and activity on the highway