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
- Building materials must not be placed on the footway
- Building materials may be placed on the highway verge, provided that the verge is reinstated shortly after the removal of materials
- 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)
- Building materials must not obstruct any public or private access to premises unless the consent of the occupier has been obtained
- Building materials must not obstruct the flow of water in any drainage channel
- Building materials must not obstruct access to any manhole or any other apparatus in the highway (e.g. water valves, fire hydrants, gas valves)
- 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
- Any rubbish placed on the highway shall only be disposed of in licensed tips
- 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
- 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
- The applicant shall not allow the obstruction to remain in the street any longer than is necessary