You must have a licence to store building materials on any part of the highway.

Complete an application form for a licence to store building materials on the highway.

We require 3 working days' notice to process your application.

If you require permission more urgently, we can arrange immediate permission for an extra charge.

Note that:

  • building materials should not obstruct other highway users
  • the area should be 'coned' or protected with barriers for safety
  • the area must be lit during the hours of darkness

Restrictions on the location of building materials on the highway

We will not give permission to store building materials on:

  • footways
  • carriageways (if on double yellow lines)

Building materials on the highway without permission

If we find building materials left on the road or grass verge without permission, we'll contact the owner of the adjacent property and ask them to remove the materials, or apply for permission to do this.

Licence costs to store building materials on the highway

Costs to store building materials on the road or grass verge for up to 14 days:

  • £55.00 for normal applications (minimum 3 days' notice)
  • £92.00 for urgent applications (immediate placement)

You can either:

  • pay when you apply, or
  • we'll send you an invoice

Pay your licence invoice online

Tacit consent to store building materials on the highway

'Tacit consent' does not apply to this application, because it's in the public interest we process your application before it can be granted.

This means:

  • you can't assume we'll give you permission
  • we'll contact you within 3 working days to let you know we've received your application
  • if you've not heard from us within 3 working days, contact us to check your application's status

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