Skips, scaffolding and hoarding licensing
All skips, scaffolding, hoardings and deposits on the highway must be licensed before being used on the highway.
How much does a licence cost?
Fees are charged at a rate of £46 per week or part week for each item. If items are placed on the highway without permission there is a hire charge of £100 per week or part week for a late licence. The income will also cover compliance checks.
Plans to accompany applications for scaffolding, hoardings or deposits on the highway should be drawn to scale and show the proposed layout of the site and the location and dimensions of the scaffolding, hoarding or deposit you wish to place on the highway. The plan is required to help us to assess the application, and so we will not begin processing an application until a suitable plan has been submitted. Sample plans are attached below to show the level of detail that we expect to be included.
Every application for a scaffold licence must be accompanied by a method statement explaining how the scaffold will be erected and dismantled. As a minimum the method statement must detail the following for the particular location where the scaffolding is to be erected:
- Identification of the hazards, risks and control measures.
- How pedestrians and other road users will be safely separated from the scaffolding.
- Any potential pedestrian and traffic flow issues.
- How these issues will be managed.
- Vehicle parking arrangements during erection and dismantling.
How do I apply?
You can apply for a skips licence or a scaffolding, hoarding or deposit on a highway licence using the quick links at the top of this page.
How will we process your application?
Once a valid application has been received we may need to consult with other departments. Although we will try to deal with applications as quickly as possible, we ask for three clear working days notice for skip applications and five clear working days notice for all other applications.
You will also need to check with our other teams in the council whether or not you need permission from them e.g. if the area has restrictions in place regarding access. These teams may have their own application process and times scales in order to process any request.
All licences will be issued with standard conditions attached. The conditions for skips and conditions for scaffolding, hoardings and deposits may be supplemented by additional conditions specific to the site or date concerned.
Enforcement and monitoring
Our city wardens will carry out enforcement and monitoring in relation to skips, scaffolding, hoardings and deposits on the highway. To find our more information go to the city wardens webpage.