Scaffolding on the highway

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If your works require you to erect a structure on the highway you are required to get a licence from the Highway Authority.

Scaffolding on the highway can only be erected by qualified scaffolders.  They must hold the relevant street works qualifications and £5 million public liability insurance.

If you are are erecting a mobile tower, fencing or hoarding the applicant must be covered by £5 million public liability insurance. 

Apply for a scaffold licence

An application needs to be submitted by your nominated scaffolding contractor.

Apply for a scaffold licence

Review our schedule of conditions for erecting scaffolding on the Highway.

Gantry or Cantilever scaffolding

In some circumstances it may be that a Gantry or Cantilever scaffolding will be required, this is generally due to the location of the works.  If this is the case your scaffolding contractor will need to supply design drawings of the proposed scaffold.

Apply for a mobile tower, fencing or hoarding licence

Hoarding, fencing and mobile tower applications need to be completed by the contractor who will be erecting the structure.

Apply for a hoarding, fencing and mobile tower licence

You can submit both applications above by 

Email to: streetworks@cornwall.gov.uk 

Post to:

Streetworks
Western Group Centre
Radnor Road
Scorrier
TR16 5EH

How long an application takes

A non emergency application takes a minimum of 2 weeks to process.

What is classed as an emergency

An emergency application can be submitted if there is a danger to the general public. In this situation your scaffolder will need to submit the application form then attend site to begin erecting the scaffold.  

How much it costs

If you know that the works are going to take longer than 1 calendar month you can apply for a longer duration on the initial application. This can work out cheaper than applying for an extension each month. A schedule of the charges are shown below:  

Licence fee

Type of Licence Fee Incurred
Licence (up to 1 Calendar Month) £95
Licence (up to 2 Calendar Months) £155
Licence (up to 3 Calendar Months) £217
Licence (up to 4 Calendar Months) £276
Licence (up to 5 Calendar Months) £336
Licence (up to 6 Calendar Months) £395


Emergency licence fee

Type of Licence Fee Incurred
Emergency Licence (up to 1 Calendar Month) £178
Emergency Licence (up to 2 Calendar Months) £239
Emergency Licence (up to 3 Calendar Months) £300
Emergency Licence (up to 4 Calendar Months) £360
Emergency Licence (up to 5 Calendar Months) £420
Emergency Licence (up to 6 Calendar Months) £479


Extensions and changes to licence

Type of Licence Fee Incurred
Extension request for 1 calendar month
submitted before the expiry of the previous licence
£95
Late extension request £178
Change to licence already issued £20


All applications are invoiced to the scaffolding or contractor.

Please note that our licence fees are subject to review every April and licences submitted after April 1st will be subject to any new fees.

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