Who needs a construction (building) license
Wherever there are building works that use or infringe the public highway. For example:
- shops with scaffold on the footpath
- cranes working on loft conversions. For cranes we issue an indemnity not a licence. However, it follows the same procedure as a licence, costs etc. are all the same
- site hoarding fencing that intrudes on the footway
- building materials being stored on the highway
- HGV vehicles crossing the footway to enter a site.
- you will need to pay an administration fee and a deposit in case of any damage. The admin fee for this is £176
- the deposit will vary depending on the size of the site and the work being undertaken
- the amount of deposit will be determined by a site visit from a Highways Officer, the minimum amount of deposit taken is £535.
Who is responsible for making a license application
We accept applications from builders on behalf of the landowner. However, the landowner is ultimately responsible for making sure licences are in place.
We aim to inspect your site within 48 hours of your request. After this inspection, you can return your completed form along with your licence fee and deposit. We will aim to issue your licence within three to four working days
Refunding your deposit
Once the works have been completed, please contact 020 8359 3555 to request the refund of your deposit. We will carry out a final inspection and, providing no damage has been done to the footway or carriageway, we will refund your deposit within 14 working days.
How to apply
To make an application for this licence, please call 020 8359 3555 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you have made an application, the forms will be emailed to you and a site inspection will be carried out. We will contact you and go through any conditions that you may need to meet during the course of the works and the amount of deposit we require from you.
Building materials licences
If you need to use any part of the public highway or footway for the storage of building materials then you must get a licence from the council. To make an application for this licence, please call 020 8359 3555 or email@example.com
Scaffolding and hoarding licences
If you need to use any part of the public footway to erect a scaffold or hoarding then a licence must be obtained from the council. To apply for a licence, please call 020 8359 3555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.