You need permission to put scaffolding or temporary scaffold towers on the road, footway or grass verge.

Apply for a scaffolding licence

The scaffolding company must:

Read our scaffolding and hoarding licence terms and conditions and complete a:

We need 5 working days' notice to process your application.

If you require your licence urgently, we can arrange permission within 5 days for an extra charge.

Scaffolding licence additional requirements

Please also note if:

  • pedestrian access through the scaffold isn't possible, you'll need to provide a temporary footway
  • a temporary footway is placed on an adjacent carriageway, you'll need to provide traffic management measures
  • a 'drop body' is used, you must apply for an additional skip permit

Scaffolding licence costs

We charge:

  • £120.00 for 28 days
  • £60.00 for an additional 1 to 28 days
  • an additional £37.00 if 5 days' notice is not given (£157.00 for the first 28 days in total)

Defective or unlicensed scaffolding

We'll issue a 'defect notice' if a hoarding does not meet the standards described in our scaffolding and hoarding licence terms and conditions. In these circumstances, you must rectify the fault and pay an additional £77.00.

If we find scaffolding erected on the highway without a licence, we'll contact the scaffolding company, who'll be required to apply for one. We issue a penalty charge of £99.00 for unlicensed scaffolding in addition to the cost of a permit.

We invoice the scaffolding company for all costs incurred.

Pay scaffolding invoice online

Tacit consent for scaffolding licences

'Tacit consent' doesn't apply to this application, therefore we must process your application before premission can be granted.

This means:

  • you can't assume permission will be given
  • we'll contact you within 5 working days to let you know we've received your application
  • if you haven't heard from us within 5 working days, contact us to check your application's status

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