Placement of a Scaffold and/or Hoarding on the Public Highway
It is inevitable that some works to private property, whether it is for development or maintenance may affect highway users where the property or nature of the work is close to carriageways, footways, verges and other lanes/rear accesses. In such cases, the person(s) carrying out the works must consider the impact of the works and the potential risks to highway users as well as their own employees.
Scaffolding may be required to access areas of a property where no other means are available and hoarding could be required to protect the public from building works. In any case, a permit is required before any scaffold or hoarding can be placed on the highway and failure to receive prior approval is an offence under the Highways Act 1980 and may result in prosecution. A permit only approves the occupation on the highway and does not control the standard in which the scaffold or hoarding is erected; this remains the responsibility and liability of the applicant.
Applications must be made to the Network Management Unit within the necessary timescales and all are chargeable. Wherever possible, a scaffold or hoarding must be placed on private property but it is accepted that at times this is not possible. However, where applications are received and it is clear on inspection that sufficient room is available on private land, the application will be refused but is still chargeable. Sufficient room on private land is determined by the Highway Authority and is not negotiable.
Applications must be made by the Scaffold Company or person(s) responsible for the hoarding and not the customer requesting the item. However, in the case of scaffolds, the associated company working on the scaffold must also be insured in the same way as the applicant. If approved, the item owner carries all of the responsibilities in adhering with regulations, standard conditions and any special conditions that may be applied to the permission.
Full terms and conditions are in the Scaffold and Hoarding Application Conditions policy document below.
Scaffold and Hoard Application Conditions
Application to place Scaffolding / Hoarding on the Highway
£96 domestic property or £127.00 commercial property for the initial 28 day period or part thereof then a further £32 for each extension of 28 days or part thereof
Where applications are cancelled, the full fee is charged unless the application is cancelled within 24 hours and permit extensions must be sought before the permit expires.
Time Required to Process
10 clear working days
Further Information & Contact Details
Sue Johnson: 01785 276553
Gill Rogers: 01785 276732