Apply to occupy the road during building work

You need a permit from us if you are carrying out any building work next to the public highway that requires the use of scaffolding or hoarding.

What licence you need and how much it costs

Scaffolding companies need to apply for a permit to place scaffolding and hoardings on a public highway.

The cost for a scaffolding permit is:

  • £77 for domestic property
  • £118.50 per street for commercial properties less than 10m
  • £202 per street for commercial properties over 10m

The cost for hoarding or fencing is £118.50 per street.

How long the permit will last

The length of the permit will depend on the location and the works you are carrying out.

What you need to provide with your application

You will need to send us a location plan alongside your application. 

What happens after you've applied

Once you have submitted your application, the Highways Network Management Team will review your application and any documentation submitted. If there are any issues, we will contact you for further information.

If authorisation is granted the details will be recorded and the applicant will be given an exclusive reference code that relates to the licence at the agreed location and for an agreed period.

Tacit consent will not apply

It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. You should contact us if you have not heard from us within 12 weeks.

Apply for a new permit or extend your current permit

To apply for a permit or extend an existing permit you can contact Highway Network Management on 0114 27 36677 or by email at

Apply or extend online

You can also apply online through GOV.UK.

Change your current permit

Contact us if you need to change any of the details on your permit or apply to amend them online through GOV.UK.

How to make an appeal or a complaint

If you want to appeal our decision you should contact us on 0114 2736677.

If you want to make a complaint please do so in writing to

Contact Highway Network Management

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