Highway licence

Portable toilet cubicle licence - terms and conditions

Please note that a parking bay suspension  may also be required depending on the location and additional fees will apply.

The portable toilet cubicle must be located outside the address specified on the licence and within an agreed parking bay where applicable.

You do not need a licence to place a portable toilet cubicle on private land. However, you must take care if using the highway to load or unload any portable toilet cubicles on private land. If a lorry has to cross a public footway to gain access to private land, you must request we construct a temporary or permanent crossing in that footway.

Conditions of use

The licensee is entirely responsible for the portable toilet cubicle and must adhere to the terms and conditions set out below.

Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in enforcement action, including fixed penalty notices and/or prosecution. If any of the requirements of these licences are not complied with, we may take such measures as necessary to mark, guard, light or remove the portable toilet cubicle, then clean and repair the highway and the licensee shall be liable for the costs incurred in such measures.

Enforcement officers patrol the streets of the borough on a regular basis to make sure that portable toilet cubicle are legitimately sited, adhering to the terms and conditions set out in their licences, and promptly removed following their licence expiries.

The licensee will be subject to the following conditions:

  • All licenses issued MUST be displayed on site.  
  • The portable toilet cubicle must be removed from the highway when the licence expires and the area must be left in a clean and tidy condition.
  • The portable toilet cubicle must not be sited within 20.0 metres of a
    • Road junction
    • Bus stop/ stand or terminal
    • Traffic signals (temporary or permanent)
    • Pedestrian crossing
    • School, hospital or works entrances/exits
  • The portable toilet cubicle shall not exceed the agreed dimensions and will be placed in the agreed location.
  • If placed in a parking bay the portable toilet cubicle should not exceed the dimensions of the parking bay.
  • The portable toilet cubicle must not be placed on yellow parking restriction lines (single or double).
  • In controlled parking zones the portable toilet cubicle must be placed in parking bays.
  • The portable toilet cubicle should be in good condition and have the owners name and contact number clearly visible.
  • The portable toilet cubicle must be lit during the hours of darkness.
  • The portable toilet cubicle must not prevent access to statutory undertakers equipment
  • The portable toilet cubicle must not be dragged or pushed along the highway or any way that would cause damage to the highway.
  • The portable toilet cubicle must be removed immediately if requested by the Highway Licensing Team, to carry out works on the highway whether emergency or planned maintenance or for an event on the highway.

The licence agreement will become invalid if any of the conditions are not adhered to or the licensee no longer has an interest in the project.

An inspection will be carried out at the expiry of the licence and should the portable toilet cubicle(s) have caused any damage to the public highway, we will carry out any necessary remedial works and charge all necessary costs to the licensee.

Any disturbance or damage to utility plant will be the responsibility of the licensee.

The signatory of the application is the person accepting responsibility for the compliance of all conditions and regulations associated with Portaloo(s) on the highway.

The licence granted will be exercised in such a manner as not to cause a nuisance, disturbance or danger to the occupiers of adjoining properties or the users of the highway.

The highway will at all times be kept in a neat and tidy condition and free from obstructions.

Any form of pedestrian management must have clear signage agreed with the Highways Officer.

We are indemnified against all claims resulting from an incident caused by portable toilet cubicles. All applicants must have public liability insurance of £5 million to work on the public highway. Failure to have insurance would result in the licence becoming invalid.

The licensee must comply with any direction or instruction given by the Highways Licensing team or an Enforcement Officer.