Highway licence

You need a licence if you want to put an item on a public road or put up a temporary structure. Examples include:

  • a hoarding
  • a scaffold
  • a portable cabin/toilet
  • a container
  • a mobile tower
  • a conveyor belt
  • Herras Fencing

You will also need a bay suspension if you take up whole or any part of a parking space.

The minimum period for a highways licence is 28 days. After this time, you will need to renew your permit. Renewal is not automatic and will depend on the way works have been carried out during the period of the original permit.

When to apply

You are required to apply and pay five clear working days before you want the licence to start. The day of submission is not included in the notice period.

Your application must be received by 3pm on the day of submission for it to be accepted for that day. If your application is received after this time it will be deemed as received the next working day therefore the start date will change.

We do not count bank and public holidays or Saturday and Sundays as notification days, so you should take these into account when arranging a licence. 

How to apply

  • You must complete a separate form for each licence type.
  • It must be completed fully to avoid delays in the processing of the application.
  • The appropriate licence charge must accompany the application form.

If you are applying for any of the following licence types, you must attach the following:

Scaffold

  • Diagram of structure
  • Photograph of location
  • Certificate of public liability insurance to the value of £5,000,000 that is valid for the duration of the proposed licence.

Conveyor belt

  • Method Statement
  • Risk Assessment
  • Certificate of public liability insurance to the value of £5,000,000 that is valid for the duration of the proposed licence.

Hoarding and fencing

  • Diagram of structure
  • Photograph of location
  • Certificate of public liability insurance to the value of £5,000,000 that is valid for the duration of the proposed licence.

Portable toilet/cabin, container

  • Certificate of public liability insurance to the value of £5,000,000 that is valid for the duration of the proposed licence.

Download an application form. You must read and accept the legal terms and conditions.

Submit and pay

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application form has been received by the Licensing/Suspensions Team and that payment is made within the required timescales. 

The licence/suspension will not be granted unless full payment has been received in advance. 

If we do not receive your payment within the deadline, we will offer you the next available start date.

You should ensure that you give us all of the information required as we will return your application form if it is incomplete.

  • Return your application form. View ways to contact us.
  • To make a payment by debit or credit card call 020 8871 8871. Payments can be taken between 8am and 4pm on Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays. View charges.

Cancellations and alterations

View what to do if you need to cancel or alter a licence.



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