You must obtain a licence before putting up scaffolding and hoarding on or over a public highway. 

Apply for a scaffolding or hoarding licence

Complete the online scaffolding or hoarding application form and submit it with the appropriate fee.

You will need to submit a site location plan and a dimensioned elevation plan together with any special precautionary measures you intend to take to safeguard public safety.

You will also need to send a copy of your Public Liability Insurance - insurance cover for a minimum of £5 million is required.

Your licence should be issued within 5 working days and will contain conditions designed to secure the health and safety of the public.

You should not start erecting the structure until you receive the licence

Licences are issued for a set period of time after which you must have safely removed the structure or applied for an extension to the licence.

A licence fee is £150 for three months.

Complete the online Scaffolding or Hoarding application form or download a printed version of the Scaffolding and Hoarding application form (pdf) to complete and post.

For further advice telephone (01633) 656656 and ask for Building Control or email