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Streets, roads and pavements

Cherry pickers, access platforms and cranes

You need permission to use cherry pickers, access platforms or cranes on any part of a highway including:

  • roads
  • footpaths
  • verges

Your permission should be for the full duration of the works.

Read our standard terms and conditions for cherry pickers and access platforms before completing a permit application:

You should allow us 5 working days to grant permission.

Restrictions on cherry pickers, access platforms and cranes

If you're working on busy roads or in the city centre, you should do so on Sundays or outside peak hours.

In addition, you must:

  • place rigid barriers to prevent pedestrians walking underneath equipment
  • arrange for traffic management measures to be taken (include details with your application)
  • display a copy of your licence on the vehicle, otherwise the equipment operator must keep a copy at all times

You'll need to apply for a road or lane closure if your cherry picker, crane or access platform prevents others from using the carriageway.

Cherry picker and access platform licence costs

A cherry picker or access platform licence costs:

  • 1 day: £98
  • 2 days or more: £185

Crane licence costs

A crane licence costs:

  • up to 1 week: £185
  • per additional week: £185

If we find a cherry picker or crane operating on the highway without a licence, we'll contact the hire company or contractor undertaking the works to request an application. We issue a penalty charge of £372 for an unlicensed cherry picker, access platform or crane working on the highway without authorisation. This is in addition to the cost of a permit.

We'll send you an invoice for all licence costs.

Pay your licence invoice online

How we process your application

We require time to process and consider your application before it can be granted.

In this case:

  • you can't assume permission will be given
  • we'll contact you within 5 working days to acknowledge receipt of your application

You can't act as if your application has been granted if we don't respond within expected timeframes.

If you haven't heard from us within 5 working days, please contact us to check the status of your application.

Also see

Highway Licensing Team

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA