Hoarding permit

If you wish to place hoarding on any part of the highway (public road) in Hammersmith and Fulham, you must apply to us for a permit.

Each conveyor typically used for basement conversions requires hoarding to be erected around the conveyor and skip to protect the public.

The minimum period for a hoarding permit is one month. After this time, you will need to renew your permit. Renewal is not automatic and will depend on the way works have been carried out during the period of the original permit.

Please allow five working days for your application to be processed. You can only apply for your hoarding permit online.

Display your hoarding permit

You must display a laminated copy of any current hoarding permit on the hoarding where it stands on the highway. Your permit must be visible to anyone using the public highway. If you don’t display your permit, you may get a Fixed Penalty Notice.

How much does it cost?

The cost of a hoarding permit depends on if the hoarding is to be used for residential (home) or commercial (shop, office or premises used for business use) purposes.

Residential use fees

Length First month  Each extra month
Up to 10m £215.10 £120.40
Between 10m and 15m £275.80 £180.10
Over 15m £575.30 £239.80

Commercial use fees

Length First month  Each extra month
Up to 15m £275.80 £180.10
Over 15m £575.30 £239.80

A £500 damage deposit applies which is refundable on completion after a satisfactory post inspection. This deposit is payable at the time of the application.

Any deposit refunds must be claimed within three months of the end date of a valid licence or they will not be refunded

Fees are paid for at the same time as the application using a credit or debit card.

Permit fees are non-refundable unless we decide a site is unsuitable for hoarding and no alternative location can be agreed on.

Apply online via My Account

The link above will take you to My Account where you need to sign in (or create an account if you do not already have one) to then proceed to apply for a highways permit.

We charge a £66.90 admin fee for all licences processed manually.

The same admin fee will also apply for all cancelled licences.

Renewals and enquiries 

From Monday 3 April, we will be dealing with renewal applications by telephone. Please call us between 10am and 4pm.

For renewals and any enquires please call us on 020 8753 3447, 020 8753 4807 or 020 8753 2466 (Fridays only).

Conditions of use

The licensee is entirely responsible for the hoarding and must follow the terms and conditions set out below.

If you don’t follow these terms and conditions we may start enforcement action, including fixed penalty notices and/or prosecution. If any of the requirements of this licence are not complied with, we may take such measures as necessary to mark, guard, light or remove the hoarding and clean and repair the highway and the licensee will be liable for the costs incurred.

Enforcement officers patrol the streets of the borough on a regular basis to make sure that all hoardings are legitimately sited, follow the terms and conditions set out in the permit, and promptly removed after their permit expiry.

A hoarding and conveyor shall be erected and dismantled in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines and compliance with the relevant safety legislation and standards. There shall be compliance with the HSE [Health and Safety Executive] conditions and guidance notes, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Highways Act 1980.

Terms and conditions

1. A laminated copy of the hoarding permit will be displayed permanently at the site where the hoarding is on the public highway.

2. The licensee is NOT permitted to drill through the public highway to place support poles for the hoarding without prior authorisation and advance payment for the cost of repair. Please note - only Council-approved contractors are authorised to make repairs to the public highway.

3. The licensee shall ensure all personnel working with the hoarding and conveyor are competent and efficient and take all the relevant and necessary safety precautions.

4. Where spoil is being removed from a property, via a conveyor overhanging the footway, into a skip on the road, the licensee shall ensure the entire conveyor and skip is completely hoarded in to fully contain the spoil and prevent it falling onto pedestrians, vehicles or the footway.

5. The licensee shall undertake the erection of the hoarding in off peak hours i.e. early morning, at night or at weekends. This is very important where the location is within a town centre, or a busy pedestrian area. In quiet streets, the times may be negotiated. In all cases, the times of erecting the hoarding and conveyor shall be agreed in advance with the council.

6. The licensee shall ensure the public footway is not closed off to pedestrians without prior authorisation for a footway closure from the council.

7. Where a footway closure is required as part of the permit or temporarily for erecting the hoarding and conveyor, a pedestrian and traffic management plan shall be agreed in writing, in advance with the Council, to safely divert pedestrians and /or traffic.

8. The licensee is responsible for providing a pedestrian and traffic management plan to include the signing and guarding of the site, in accordance with Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual 1991, and the Safety at Street Works and Road Works Code of Practice.

9. The licensee is responsible for the suspension of any parking bays and for providing all banks men, signage, barriers, ramps etc as agreed in the traffic management plan. These items shall be checked and secured in the correct position each morning prior to commencing work.

10. Permission for hoarding does not extend to the parking of vehicles or loading or unloading of materials. The licensee shall ensure all parking, loading and waiting restrictions are adhered to.

11. Boards, drills or associated fittings are not to be stored on the highway during erecting and dismantling the hoarding.

12. The hoarding company name and contact details shall be clearly displayed on the structure.

13. Where planning permission, building control approval or any other consent is required for the proposed works, the relevant authorisation shall be in place prior to requesting a permit and placing a hoarding and conveyor on site.

14. The hoarding permit does not include welfare units, site huts or temporary toilets. These items require separate permit approvals.

15. The hoarding will not obstruct access to any inspection covers in the public footway.

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