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Scaffolding / Hoarding on the Highway

​To put  temporary scaffolding or hoarding on the public footway, verge or carriageway, you must apply for a licence. You need to give us at least two weeks notice for a licence.

Before placing a scaffold or hoarding on the public footway, verge or carriageway you should inspect the area and tell us about any damage. A record must be made in the form of photographs and notes to show any damage. If you do not do this we will assume that the area was in good repair before you put up the scaffolding or hoarding and you will be charged for any damage.

To apply for a licence you can download the form from this page. You must complete this form and send it back to us, through the contact details on the form.

The fees for a scaffold licence are:

  • standard scaffold licence £82.60
  • if you want the licence for scaffolding that will be up for more than eight weeks you will have to pay a bond of £50 per standard (leg). We will survey the condition of the carriageway, footway or verge beneath the scaffolding before the scaffolding is put up and after it is taken down. We will give you your bond back minus any costs needed to repair the area if the scaffolding has caused any damage.

The fees for a hoarding licence are:

  • standard hoarding licence £140.60
  • an extra payment of £58.00 per month for inspection
  • a bond of £100 for every square metre of highway you use.

We will survey the carriageway, footway or verge beneath the hoarding before it is put up and after it has been removed. We will give you your bond back minus any costs needed to repair the area if the hoarding has caused any damage.

The bond fees for a hoarding licence on a high amenity public highway (areas where specialist paving materials have been used) are:

  • £400 for every square metre of highway you use. We will survey the carriageway, footway or verge beneath the hoarding before it is put up and after it has been removed. We will give you your bond back minus any costs needed to repair the area if the hoarding has caused any damage.

If you do not have a licence or keep to the conditions for scaffolding or hoardings on a public highway you will be prosecuted. 

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