Scaffolding licence

All scaffolding companies requiring a licence can apply online.

If you are a member of the public you cannot apply directly to the council for a scaffolding licence. You will need to contact a local scaffolding company who will do this on your behalf.

On the highway

​If you require scaffolding to be placed on any part of the highway (this may be the footway, verge or the edge of the carriageway), the scaffolding company will need to apply to the council for the necessary licence.

If you are unsure the selected scaffolding company will complete the appropriate checks before they proceed with your request.

Lights and traffic cones

​If the scaffolding is placed on the highway, lights will be needed and possibly traffic cones. These will be supplied and maintained by the scaffolding company as part of the conditions when the licence is granted.


The licence fee to the scaffolding company is dependent on the overall length of the scaffolding as follows:

​​Length of scaffold​​Licence fee
​​Up to 5m​​£85 per month
​​6m to 10m​​£140 per month
​11m to 20m​​£175 per month
​Each additional 20m​​£50 per month

You have the scaffolding for as long as you need it.

​An extension to the licence can be obtained by your chosen scaffolding company. They will contact us to arrange the extension on your behalf.


​Sometimes the proposed location is not suitable in which case the application will not be approved.

Last updated 03 January 2024