Scaffolding licence

Apply for a licence to erect scaffolding on the highway.

1 Overview

A licence is required from the County Council to erect scaffolding on a public highway. This includes private streets where the public have right of access. We do not issue licences to place scaffolds on private roads.

Licenses are valid for an initial period of one calendar month, which may be extended subject to further applications.

We require a minimum of 5 working days advance notice from the date of application to the date the scaffolding will be erected.

2 Apply

If you are a scaffolding contractor, complete the following application and email it to us, along with a copy of your public liability insurance to the value of £10 million.

Scaffolding application form (Word, 59KB)

3 What next?

If approved, the licence will be issued. If you require an extension to your licence, you should submit another application before your licence expires.

4 Pay the fee

You will be emailed an invoice which you can pay online.

Fees for placing scaffolding on a highway

  • 1st calendar month: £192.10
  • Each additional calendar month: £128.40

Any scaffolding found to be illegally erected on a highway will have an initial charge of £305.30, then normal extension fee will apply.

Failure to notify West Sussex County Council that scaffolding either requires extension, or has been removed from the highway will incur a fine of £242.00.

5 Dangerous scaffolding

If, in the opinion of a highway officer, a scaffold presents a risk to highway users and pedestrians, they 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/or the 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 from the contractor.

Contravention of these is an offence with maximum fines of £5,000 (non-compliance with scaffolding licence), £1,000 plus £2.00 per day (contravention of Section 172 of the Act) and £200 plus £1.00 per day (contravention of Section 173 of the Act). 

Last updated:
1 April 2021
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