Skips, scaffolding and hoarding licence

You will need a licence if you want to put up:

  • Scaffolding, tower or gantry
  • Hoarding or other protective fence, even on private property or adjacent to the road
  • Crane, Oversail crane, Cherry picker, Mobile platform 
  • Temporary crossings
  • Portable cabin, portable toilet and container 

or store:

  • Building materials

How to apply

You must apply online. Applications sent through email will not be accepted. 

By registering and signing in you can:

  • Submit a new licence application 
  • Extend or renew licences
  • View the licence register
  • Pay a notice

Apply for a licence online 

Before applying

Please read the information below before applying.

Key notes and documents you'll need

Before applying for any of these licences you will need to make sure you have the correct documentation.

Please note: All public liability insurance must have a minimum cover of £6m.

Type of licenceWhat you'll need to provide

Building Material

  • proof of public liability insurance (not mandatory)

Key notes

You and your builder are responsible for ensuring that the materials are stored according to our standard conditions and guidelines, and following the Highways Act 1980.

You are not allowed to block access to public highways, or to damage or stain public ground.

If building materials are to be placed in a controlled parking zone (CPZ) location, then you must apply to suspend a parking bay.

Portable Cabin

Portable Toilet

Container 

  • Provide proof of public liability insurance
  • any traffic management plans
  • maps of the exact location.

If containers are placed in a controlled parking zone (CPZ) location, then you must apply to suspend a parking bay.

Crane

Cherry picker

Mobile platform

  • Plans showing exact location and dimensions of pavement used in metres square
  • copies of public liability insurance
  • any traffic management plans.

Hoarding/Scaffolding

  • Plans showing exact length and location of scaffolding
  • dimensions of pavement used in metres square
  • copies of public liability insurance.

Key notes

We need a minimum of 1.2m space for pedestrians to pass and re-pass along the pavement.

We will not grant a scaffolding or hoarding licence which blocks the pavement until a temporary traffic order is in place from Highways.

The lead time is 8-10 weeks for the licence to be put in place. 

To request a temporary traffic order email highwaysandinfrastructure@brent.gov.uk or call 020 8937 5600.

Oversail Crane/ Scaffolding
  • Plans showing exact location and dimensions of pavement used in metres square
  • copies of public liability insurance
  • any traffic management plans. 
Temporary crossings 
  • Temporary crossings used at construction sites are built subject to our approval.
Skips

Skip hire companies first need to register their details with us by applying online and you should allow at least 5 working days to register as a skip operator. By registering, you agree the terms and conditions for placing a skip on the highway.

You will also need:
  • proof of your public liability insurance
  • a copy of a waste transfer note
  • a waste carrier’s licence certificate
  • a goods vehicle operator’s licence.

Once we have inspected the site, we will issue a licence within three working days, if appropriate. 

If you require any further information, please contact ssh.highwayslicences@brent.gov.uk.

Licence fees

All licences require an admin fee of £60 (with the exception of skip registration).

Type of licenceFee

Building Material

  • Residential per week - £45
  • Residential per month - £165
  • Commercial per week - £85
  • Commercial per month - £330

Portable Cabin

Portable Toilet

Container 

  • 335 per month

Crane

Cherry picker

Mobile platform

  • £335 per day
  • £500 per week

Hoarding/Scaffolding

  • Up to 10 metres - £235 per fortnight
  • 10m to 15 metres - £300 per fortnight
  • Over 15 metres - £620 per fortnight
Oversail Crane/ Scaffolding
  •  £555 per annum
Skips
  • The registration fee is £300 and this is non-refundable

  • £56 per fortnight

Timeframes

Type of applicationAdvance notice needed
Skip registrations Must be made 5 working days in advance
Skip applications Must be made 3 working days in advance
Suspension of a parking bay application Must be made 21 days in advance
Pavement or road closures Must be made 8 to 10 weeks in advance
  • Building Material
  • Portable Cabin, Portable Toilet, Container 
  • Hoarding/Scaffolding
  • Oversail Crane/ Scaffolding
  • Crane, Cherry picker, Mobile platform
Must be made 14 days in advance

Repairs, refunds and fines

Our licence fees are non-refundable as well as incorrect payments.

Companies should ensure that locations are in the borough as we get applications for locations outside Brent.

If an inspection is required due to a complaint, there is a fee of £60.

When you have completed the work, you must contact us through email ssh.highwayslicences@brent.gov.uk and let us know.

An enforcement officer will inspect the site for any damage, and you will have to make and pay for any necessary repairs.

Unlicensed items will incur a fine.

Weekend working

Working hours on commercial properties:

  • Saturday: 8am to 3pm
  • Sunday: No construction work

If you require any further information, please contact ssh.highwayslicences@brent.gov.uk.

Parking Suspensions

If an item is to be placed in a controlled parking zone (CPZ) location, then parking must be contacted to suspend the bays. 

An application for a suspension of a bay must be made 21 days in advance.

Find more information and how to apply to suspend a parking bay.

Road and pavement closures 

If a pavement or road closure is needed, you need to contact Highways and Infrastructure on highwaysandinfrastructure@brent.gov.uk and apply for a temporary traffic order.

The lead time is 8-10 weeks for the licence to be put in place.

Visit road works, closures and diversions more information on:
  • Current and planned road works, road closures and events in Brent
  • Applying for a road closure
  • Applying for streetworks
  • Temporary traffic orders
  • Diversions

Regulations