Scaffold licence

Page updated on: 28/02/2019

A scaffold licence is required to erect scaffolding on the highway under the provisions of Section 169 of the Highways Act 1980.

When carrying out any building work, maintenance or removal of any part of a property which will require scaffolding, mobile tower, fencing or hoarding on the Highway you are required to obtain a licence.

Scaffolding on the highway can only be put up by qualified contractors who must hold the relevant Street works Supervisor and Operative's card.  In addition to this they must have £5 million public liability insurance.

The fee payable for applying for a scaffold licence is currently £77.00 per month (valid until 31st March 2020). 

If your licence lapses you will be charged an out of date renewal fee of £136 per month (valid until 31/03/2020). 

If you know that the works are going to take longer than 1 calendar month you can apply for a longer duration on the initial application. This can work out cheaper than applying for an extension each month. 

All scaffolding applications are invoiced to the scaffolding contractor on a monthly basis.

Please note that our licence fees are subject to review every April and licences submitted after April 1st will be subject to any new fees.

Permission is subject to conditions which may relate to:

  • the location of the scaffold
  • available space on the footway
  • pedestrian access

Download the full conditions of the licence (.pdf). Additional conditions may also apply to individual applications.

You will need to complete the scaffolding application form. You will receive an invoice for the fees.

You will need the following information:

  • Proof of your streetworks supervisor and operative card
  • Proof of your public liability insurance which must be a minimum of £5 million.
  • How long you require a licence

A non-emergency application takes a minimum of 5 working days to process

An emergency application can be submitted if there is a danger to the general public. In this situation your scaffolder will need to submit the application form then attend site to begin erecting the scaffold.

Submit your completed application form via email to:

 Download application form (.pdf)