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Highway licences cover things like scaffolding, hoardings, cranes etc, for Street Works an applying for Temporary Traffic Orders.
In accordance with the Highways Act 1980, you must have a licence to work on or occupy the public highway. This includes roads, pavements and verges.
If you carry out works without this permission, you are breaking the law. This could result in confiscation of materials and court action against both the hirer or owners of the materials and the people who delivered them. For building materials, we will only grant a licence in exceptional circumstances, if there is nowhere else to keep them.
For skip licences, see our skip licence information page.
Download the Highway Licence form (PDF)
From 1 April 2022
Most utility works are carried out by statutory bodies. They apply directly to us for a street works permit. Qualified contractors doing other works (eg for new drainage connections) need a licence (section 50) to open or tunnel through the public highway.
You'll fin application conditions, costs and payment details on the form.
A temporary traffic order is required if traffic restrictions (for example: road closure, banned turn, parking restrictions* etc) are necessary for street works.
You'll find application conditions, costs and payment details on the form.
* For parking restrictions, a Traffic Order is required where there are no existing parking controls. Where there are existing parking bays, apply for a parking suspension.