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Scaffolding on the highway

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 £5m public liability insurance.  

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

Apply for a scaffold licence

All applications must be submitted by your nominated scaffolding contractor.  Before submitting your application form read our guidance notes and terms and conditions

Apply for a scaffold licence

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.  Before submitting your application form read our guidance notes

Apply for a hoarding, fencing and mobile tower licence

You can email both applications above to 

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. A schedule of the charges are shown below:  

Licence fees

Type of Licence Fee Incurred
Licence (up to 1 Calendar Month) £118
Emergency Licence (up to 1 Calendar Month) £220


Extensions and changes to licence

Type of Licence Fee Incurred
Extension request for 1 calendar month
submitted before the expiry of the previous licence
Late extension request £220
Change to licence already issued £30

All applications are invoiced to the scaffolder or contractor.

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

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