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Building materials licence

Before placing building materials on the highway, you must apply for a licence. You are required to meet the terms and conditions set down in the licence by Highways Operations, which includes suitable public liability insurance cover of at least £5 million.


  • new licences cost £70
  • licence renewals cost £35 for 50% of the original licence period

The licence is valid for 28 days.

You will be charged a further £70.00 if equipment is not removed before the licence expires.

​Apply for a building materials licence

Applications must be submitted at least two weeks before the building materials are due to be placed on the highway.

Conditions of consent

  1. Building materials must not be placed on the footway
  2. Building materials may be placed on the highway verge, provided that the verge is reinstated shortly after the removal of materials
  3. Building materials may only be placed on the carriageway of lightly trafficked roads - less than 20 vehicles in 3 minutes total 2-way flow (less than 400 vehicles/hour)
  4. Building materials must not obstruct any public or private access to premises unless the consent of the occupier has been obtained
  5. Building materials must not obstruct the flow of water in any drainage channel
  6. Building materials must not obstruct access to any manhole or any other apparatus in the highway (e.g. water valves, fire hydrants, gas valves)
  7. No material that is inflammable, explosive, noxious, dangerous or likely to putrefy shall be placed on the highway and nor shall anything else which might become a nuisance to users of the highway
  8. Any rubbish placed on the highway shall only be disposed of in licensed tips
  9. The highway shall be left in a clean and tidy condition. Any damage shall be reported to Highways Operations and repaired in accordance with agreed details
  10. All signing and guarding measures, including lamps and cones, must comply with both the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions, and with Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual. Both documents are available from HMSO
  11. The applicant shall not allow the obstruction to remain in the street any longer than is necessary

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