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. You should aim to submit and pay earlier because the day you submit the application is not included.

This excludes bank and public holidays and the weekend.

Your application will be rejected if you do not submit your application and make full payment within the five working days deadline. This is because there would not be sufficient time to erect the signage to allow adequate notice to motorists and residents.

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

  • Return your application form. View ways to contact us.
  • Call 020 8871 8871 to pay. View charges.

It is your responsibility to ensure the required documents are attached to the application to avoid delays in the processing of the licence.

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



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