Highways licences and permits

You are legally required to apply for permission to carry out work, roadworks, streetworks or other notifiable activities on the public highway.  Apply for works in Norfolk (except Norwich) using the options below.

If the public highway is within Norwich, please apply to Norwich City Council.

You can apply online, where available, below or print the form and return completed forms to:

Highways Permits and Licences, Norfolk County Council, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH

Fees and charges




A scaffold/hoardings licence is required if the scaffold is to be placed on the public highway, which is applied for by scaffold companies registered with Norfolk County Council.



A skip licence is required if the skip is to be placed on the public highway, which is applied for by skip companies registered with us.  Once registered a skip company may apply for a skip licence using the skip licence application form. This needs to be completed every time a skip(s) needs to be placed on the public highway (verge, path, or road) and is a statutory requirement.

A licence is not required if the skip is to be placed within your property.

Street furniture (benches, bins etc)


We have no powers to give consent or charge traders operating from lay-bys.

We do not take any preventative action to stop trading provided that the following conditions apply:

  • There is no danger or obstruction to traffic resulting from the presence of the stall, van, stand etc. Should the position of the site cause an obstruction we have no authority to move immediately.  The only authority who can request that someone ceases an obstruction is the Police
  • There is no nuisance to adjoining landowners or persons
  • The traders leave the site daily when trading ceases
  • The Public Health Authority is satisfied
  • No damage to the highway verge occurs as a result of your presence
  • No signs on the highway


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