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Apply for a scaffolding licence

To put up scaffolding on any part of an adopted highway you need to apply for a licence from the Council.

The Highways Act 1980 makes it a legal requirement to obtain permission from the Local Authority to build, erect or maintain scaffolding on the highway.

Failure to obtain a licence may result in an offence for obstruction of the highway.

The key objective is to ensure the safety of all pedestrians and road users when working adjacent to the road, pavement or any part of the highway.

We only allow suitably qualified companies to erect scaffolding on the highway.

Before you apply

Before you apply, read our scaffolding licence guidance notes (PDF) [690KB]

How to apply

All applications must include:

  • plan of the location of proposed scaffolding
  • certificate of public liability insurance (minimum £5 million)
  • application fee of £80 (for a licence for 2 weeks)

If you need a license beyond 2 weeks, you will need to renew (extend) your licence at least 5 working days before the original licence expires for a further 2 weeks at an additional cost of £55

Apply for a scaffolding licence

You should allow at least 10 working days between the date of your application for a license and the date on which the license is intended to commence.

The minimum period for a scaffold licence is 2 weeks. You should always apply for a licence for the full duration of time that you will require the scaffolding to be on the highway. 

If you need it beyond this time, you will need to renew (extend) your licence at least 5 working days before the original licence expires for a further 2 weeks at an additional cost of £50.

Further help

For further information about obtaining a scaffolding licence email streetworkspermits@stockton.gov.uk