You need permission to use cherry pickers, access platforms or cranes on any part of a highway including the road, footpath or verges for the duration of the works.

Please allow 5 working days for permission to be granted.

Restrictions on cherry pickers, access platforms and cranes

If you're working on busy roads or in the city centre, we'll ask you to do so on a Sunday or outside peak hours.

In addition you must:

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

If your cherry picker, crane or access platform prevents others from using the carriageway, you will need to apply for a road closure or lane closure.

Tacit Consent

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

Not all applications fall under tacit consent parameters, due to reasons of public interest.

If tacit consent applies, then you can act as if your application has been granted if we do not respond within a specified time after the confirmed receipt of your application.

Tacit consent does not apply to this application, therefore it is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted.

  • you cannot assume permission will be given
  • we will contact you within 5 working days to acknowledge receipt of your application
  • if you have not heard from us within 5 working days please contact Network Management to check the status of your application

Paying for a cherry picker, access platform or crane licence

The cost of a licence is:

  • 1 day: £72
  • 2 days or more: £107

We will send an invoice to the applicant for the cost of the licence. You can then pay your invoice online.

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