Planting licence

Apply for a free licence to plant shrubs, flowers or grass on highway land.

You may apply for a licence to plant and maintain shrubs, flowerbeds or grass on highway land if it is adjacent to your property. There is no charge for this licence.

The verge is part of the highway and care must be taken that any planting does not affect other uses of the verge.

How to apply

Please complete the application form after you have read the guidance notes below.

Application form to apply for a planting licence (external link)

What next?

It may take 6-8 weeks for your application to be assessed and completed.

A highways officer will:

  • review your application
  • inspect and assess the site
  • consult the parish council to resolve any objections.

If your application is approved, we will issue a licence.

Please note that the planting of trees is not included in a licence to plant.

You can find this information on Donate a Tree Scheme and for a tree licence to plant.

Last updated:
12 June 2023
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