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Scaffolding and hoarding

Find out how to get permission from us to place hoardings on the highway or install scaffolding at building projects.

When carrying out any building work/maintenance or removal of any part of a property which is adjacent to the public highway (road, pavement or rear lane), the safety of all users of the highway must be paramount.

This is achieved by providing safe areas at ground level or a platform at high level. When it is necessary to place hoardings on the highway around the place of work or scaffolding, permission is necessary and can be obtained from the Council, on completion of a form together with a sketch.

Once permission has been granted, the conditions attached to the licence must be carefully read and kept to at all times.

Copies of the Highways Act 1980 can be purchased from the Office of Public Sector Information.

A scaffolding or hoarding licence request note should be completed at least five days prior to when the licence is required to commence.

Permit fees

Scaffold - £250 for a three-month period plus £60 inspection fee plus refundable deposit charge against damage to public highway.

Hoarding - £175 for a three-month period plus £60 inspection fee plus refundable deposit charge against damage to public highway.

Additional application for a Scaffold and Hoarding Permit is £55 per 3 months.

There will be a £500 penalty fee if a site is found without a valid licence.

How do I report scaffolding or hoarding which is causing an obstruction or is inadequately signed?

You can report problems with scaffolding or hoarding by completing the Street Fault Report form with details of the problem. We will get an inspector to come and visit the site and make a report. We shall then ask the scaffolding company to take appropriate action.