MEWP (cherry picker) licence

Apply for a licence to place Mobile Elevated Work Platform apparatus on the highway.

1 Overview

A licence is required and issued from the County Council to place mobile lifting apparatus on a public highway. This includes private streets where the public have a right of access. We do not issue licences for private roads.

We require 10 working days notice from the date of the application to the date you wish to use the mobile lifting apparatus.

The licence covers Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPS or cherry pickers) including mobile lifting equipment and truck-mounted lifting equipment, but excludes mobile and tower cranes.

2 Apply for licence

Complete the following application and include a copy of your public liability insurance to the value of £10 million.

Apply for a Mobile Elevated Work Platforms licence

3 What next?

If approved, a licence will be issued to the contractor.

4 Pay the fee

The contractor will be emailed an invoice which they pay online.


MEWP (Mobile Elevating Work Platforms), mobile cranes, static work platforms:

  • £104.00 per 10 days
  • Overrun charge: £155.70 per day

5 Dangerous equipment

If you are concerned that mobile lifting apparatus is dangerous to pedestrians or other users, please phone us. We will check whether there is a licence in place and contact the company to ensure their apparatus is safe.

You should report general problems and queries online.

Report general problems and queries online.

If mobile lifting apparatus is in an unsafe condition or location, the highway officer will instruct the contractor to remove the danger within 2 hours.

If the contractor fails to respond, the highway officer may seek immediate assistance from the police and Health and Safety Executive.

If necessary, the highways officer will arrange suitable traffic management to avoid a dangerous situation continuing.

All costs of this process will be recovered by the main contractor.

Last updated:
31 March 2021
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