You must have a licence to put building materials on any part of the highway in York.

See guidance notes for putting building materials on the highway and complete an application form for storing building materials on the highway.

We require 3 working days notice is required to process your application, if permission is required more urgently, we can arrange immediate permission for an extra charge.

Note that:

  • the building materials should not cause obstruction to other highway users
  • the area used to store building materials 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 put building materials:

  • on the footway
  • on the carriageway if there are double yellow lines

Building materials on the highway without permission

If we find building materials 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.

Cost of licence to put building materials on the highway

It costs:

  • £55 for normal applications (minimum 3 days' notice) to store building materials on the road or grass verge for up to 14 days

  • £92 for urgent applications (immediate placement) to store building materials on the road or grass verge for up to 14 days

You can pay at the time of application, otherwise you will receive an invoice.

Tacit consent

Tacit consent does not apply to this application, therefore:

  • you cannot assume permission will be given
  • we will contact you within 3 working days to acknowledge receipt of your application

If you haven't heard from us within 3 working days, contact us to check the status of your application.

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