Mobile plant licence

This licence is required for the operation of mobile highway plant apparatus (crane, cherry picker, hiab, concrete pump, scissor lift etc).

A mobile plant licence is issued in accordance with the New Roads and Streetworks Act 1991, Highways Act 1980, Local Government Act 1982, Licensing Act 2003 and Local Government Act (Miscellaneous Provisions) 1982, Traffic Management Act 2004 and Disability Discrimination Act 2005.

How to apply

In order to process your licence and ensure co-ordination of works you should apply a minimum of two weeks in advance. This will usually be enough time but can vary depending on what, if any, traffic management you require.

Download and complete a mobile plant application form and return it to us.

If you need to close the footway or carriageway, a temporary traffic order will also be required. You should note that a temporary traffic order takes a minimum of eight weeks and costs £1,900. To make a road closure application.

For advice regarding road closure applications email

What happens next

Once you have submitted your application it will be reviewed by our co-ordination team who will then email you a reference number and a link to make payment online by credit/debit card. Once the payment has been made you will be issued a formal mobile plant licence for your operation on the public highway.


The fee is £199.50 per day.