Building materials on the highway

Apply for a licence to store building materials the highway (road or grass verge) for up to 14 days. For further information download building materials on the highways guidance notes.

Please note:

  • 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
  • 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 hours of darkness

Restrictions 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 

Tacit consent

We may be unable to give permission, so this process does not fall under 'tacit consent' parameters:

  • you cannot assume permission will be given
  • we will contact you about your application within 3 working days
  • if you've not heard from us within 3 working days contact our traffic management team to check the status of your application

Cost of building materials on the highway

  • £37 for normal applications (minimum 3 days notice) to store building materials on the road or grass verge for up to 14 days
  • £56 for urgent applications (immediate placement) building materials on the road or grass verge for up to 14 days

You can pay at the time of application, alternatively you'll receive an invoice.

Building materials on the highway without permission

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

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