Skips, scaffolding and hoarding licence

We require you to have a permit or licence for skips placed on the public highway, temporary crossings of the highway, scaffolding, hoarding, containers, builders materials, mobile cranes and cranes that oversail the public highway. Further details of how to apply for each licence or permit can be found below. The cost of our licences and permits have increased as of April 2018.

Scaffolding licences

Scaffolding fees are non-refundable.

Fees below are calculated for every two weeks period.

  • Up to 10m - £211
  • 10m-15m - £270
  • Over 15m - £565

Plans showing exact length and location of scaffolding, and dimensions of pavement used in metres square, are needed along with copies of public liability insurance.

We require a deposit of £100.00 for each square metre or part of a square metre of foot-way or carriageway to be enclosed.

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

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

If a foot way or road closure is needed, you need to contact Highways and Infrastructure on Transportation@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”.  

Apply for a licence online

You will need to register on the portal the first time that you use it.  You will be able to track your application online. 

Once your application has been validated we will contact you about the refundable deposit.

If you require any further information, please contact SSH.Highwayslicences@brent.gov.uk.

Hoarding Licences

If a foot way or road closure is needed, you need to contact Highways and Infrastructure on Transportation@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”.  

Apply for a licence online

You will need to register on the portal the first time that you use it.  You will be able to track your application online. 

Once your application has been validated we will contact you about the refundable deposit.

If you require any further information, please contact SSH.Highwayslicences@brent.gov.uk.

Crane Oversail Licences

£500 per annum and non-refundable.

Plans showing exact location of crane are needed along with copies of public liability insurance.

Download Crane Oversail Licence form

If you require any further information, please contact SSH.Highwayslicences@brent.gov.uk.

 

Crane/Cherry Picker/Mobile Platform

£300 per day and non-refundable.

Plans showing exact location of crane/cherry picker/mobile platform, and dimensions of pavement used in metres square,  are needed along with copies of public liability insurance.

A deposit of £5000 is needed in case of any damage to the public highway

Download Crane, Cherry Picker and Mobile Platform Licence form 

If you require any further information, please contact SSH.Highwayslicences@brent.gov.uk.

 

Builders Material Licences

Residential Builders Materials licences are £150 per month.

Commercial Builders Material licences are £300 per month.

Download Builders Material Licence form 

Temporary crossings

Temporary crossings used at construction sites are built subject to our approval.

Residential crossing fees are £150 per month and are non-refundable.

Commercial crossing fees for commercial developments are £500 per month and are non-refundable.

Download Temporary Crossing Licence form

If you require any further information, please contact SSH.Highwayslicences@brent.gov.uk.

Container/portable cabin licences

Containers can be placed on the highway (road not pavement) and applicants will have to provide proof of public liability insurance; any traffic management plans; and maps of the exact location.

Container licence fees are £300 per month and are non refundable. A deposit of £1000 is needed in case of any damage to the public highway.

Download Container Portacabin Licence form 

If you need any further information, please contact SSH.Highwayslicences@brent.gov.uk.

If anything (containers/building materials/skips) are placed in a controlled parking zone (CPZ) location, then parking must be contacted to suspend the bays.

If a container/portable cabin is placed on the public highway without a licence or is on street after the licence has expired, a fine of £207 per week will be levied. 

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

Download and complete a parking suspension application form 

Email the form to parking.suspensions@brent.gov.uk or post it to Unit 20-22, Whitby Avenue, Park Royal, NW10 7SF.

If granted, parking will post notices alerting other motorists of the change and will send the applicant the permit(s) which must be displayed in the windscreen of the authorised vehicle.

There is no minimum period for which notices must be posted before a change can be implemented.

Cost

  • The charge for parking suspensions is £44 per bay per day. (Suspensions for Brent Council funded street maintenance is at no cost)
  • The charge for the early reinstatement of a parking bay that has been suspended is £88.
  • The charge for the short notice suspension of a parking bay (under 14 days) is £88.

Skip licences

We issue licences for skips and also inspect to ensure licence conditions are met.

It is the responsibility of the builder or skip hire company to make sure they have a licence for the skip if it is placed on the highway (this includes the pavement).

All skips licence applications must be received a minimum of three working days prior to the start date of the skip licence.

It is your responsibility (as a householder) to check the company has a licence where necessary and that it is current.

We will respond within 48 hours (working days) to complaints of skips that are not being used properly and use our powers of enforcement against anyone who persistently refuses to meet conditions of the licence.

Skips - There is a £297 annual registration fee for skip companies and payment is needed every calendar year.

Apply for a licence (Only skip hire companies can apply)

To apply for a skip licence, skip hire companies first need to register their details with us by emailing SSH.Highwayslicences@brent.gov.uk 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.
The registration fee is £297 and this is non-refundable.  You will also need to provide:

  • proof of your public liability insurance - with a minimum cover of £6m
  • a copy of a waste transfer note
  • a waste carrier’s licence certificate
  • a goods vehicle operator’s licence.

Registered skip operators can apply and pay for licences online.  Details of how to apply are give when the company is registered with us.

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

Permission will be given subject to conditions relating to:

  • skip dimensions
  • making skips visible to traffic
  • care and disposal of skip contents
  • lighting and guarding of skips
  • skip removal

Charges

If a skip 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.

Suspension application form

Email the form to parking.suspensions@brent.gov.uk or post it to Unit 20-22, Whitby Avenue, Park Royal, NW10 7SF.

We will charge £49.50 for a two-week skip licence (or part of two weeks). If you need to put your skip in a controlled parking bay you will need to pay an extra £46 per day. Unlicensed skips will incur a minimum charge of £207 per week.

Incorrect payments are non-refundable. Can skip companies please check that locations are in the borough as we get applications for locations outside Brent.