You need a licence to erect scaffolding and hoarding on roads, pavements or public alleyways.

The scaffolding or hoarding company or builder will apply for the licence, so customers do not need to contact us.

You need to apply for one licence for each site.

You must apply at least 5 working days before the scaffolding or hoarding is erected.


You'll need to pay:

  • a fee of £70 at time of application
  • a licence and site inspection fee of £80 on application approval
  • a monthly licence and site inspection fee of £80 for each month you need the licence. If you need to extend your licence you must apply for an extension.

Apply for a licence

You can apply for a scaffolding and hoarding licence online.

Use the website to check there are no roadworks or public events at the time and place you need the scaffolding or hoarding. If the dates you ask for are unavailable, we may reject your application. We will not refund the £70 application fee.

When you apply, you’ll need to:

  • provide details about your company
  • upload a copy of your public liability insurance certificate. It must show the expiry date and cover amount (a minimum of £5 million)
  • provide details about the scaffolding or hoarding, including the size, location and dates it will be in place
  • pay the non-refundable application fee.

 Apply for a scaffolding or hoarding licence

After you apply

If we approve your application we’ll email you to request the site inspection and licence fee.

We may contact you by email or phone if there are any problems or we have questions about your application.

If you need the scaffolding or hoarding for longer than one month you must apply for a licence extension. We’ll email you 5 days before your licence expires to ask if you need an extension.

Extensions are not guaranteed, as we must assess and approve your application.