Scaffold licences

A scaffold/hoardings licence is required if the scaffold is to be placed on a public highway.  This needs to be completed every time a scaffold needs to be placed on a public highway (verge, path, or road) and is a statutory requirement.

If the road is located in Norwich, please apply to Norwich City Council instead.

Minimum public liability insurance cover required for this application is £5m.

You can now pay for your licence using the online application form.

Before you begin your application

  • Complete a site specific plan.  You will be asked to upload it while completing the application. We can only accept files up to 5MB. You will find example drawings below.
  • You will need to register for a My Norfolk account.  Please register using your business details and company email address.

You may also be required to upload the following:

  • A Pedestrian Management Plan that details how you will manage pedestrians through the site, if a minimum width of 1.2m of unobstructed footway will not be maintained for pedestrians. (In some scenarios a width of 1m may be acceptable; however, this will require further consultation with the Street Works Inspector)
  • A Traffic Management Plan that details the signing and guarding arrangements to protect the scaffold, if any part of the structure be within 500mm of the edge of carriageway

Apply for a scaffold licence

If you need to complete TTRO application go to our Highways licences and permits page.

For information on safety at street and road works go to the GOV.UK website.

Example drawings

Drawing A: Example of a basic scaffold/hoarding location plan


Drawing B: Example of basic traffic management set up for scaffolding/hording closer than 0.5m from the edge of the carriageway

These notes are designed to inform you of the basic requirements of placing scaffold/hoarding on the highway.  They do not necessarily cover your entire liability and you are responsible for ensuring that you comply fully with the law.

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