Scaffolding, hoarding, container and crane licences

Scaffolding and hoarding licences, how to apply, licence costs.

Scaffold/hoarding licence

It is a legal requirement during building work that everyone is safe. All safety guidelines are included with your licence and must be followed at all times.

If all of the work is taking place on private land or property, you do not need a licence.

You must have a licence to put up scaffolding and hoarding on a public:

  • road
  • pavement
  • path
  • footway


Download, fill out and return the application form by email. Once your application has been approved, we will contact you with the fee amount and details of how to pay by bank transfer.


Scaffold/hoarding licence costs

Licence breakdown Cost breakdown
Licence fee £517
Initial inspection/process fee £96
Emergency or retrospective inspection application processing £111
Deposit (fully refundable if there is no damage to the footway) £96 per square metre
Deposit handling fee £96
Renewal cost £333.50
Additional inspection fee – site visits following complaints £48
Copy of public liability insurance certificate £5,000,000 cover

Licence period

The licence lasts 3 months.

Contact customer services: highway licences