Scaffolding permit

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

To ensure compliance with permit conditions, we only accept applications from scaffolding companies. Building contractors and residents cannot apply.

The minimum permit period for a scaffolding 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.

You do not need consent to place scaffolding on private land. However, you may need parking suspensions to enable you to complete the build.

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

Display your scaffolding permit

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

How much does it cost?

The cost of a scaffolding permit depends on if the scaffolding 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 £223.50 £125.10
Between 10m and 15m £286.60 £187.10
Over 15m £597.70 £249.20

Commercial use fees

Length First month  Each extra month
Up to 15m £286.60 £187.10
Over 15m £597.70 £249.20

A £500 damage deposit applies which is refundable on completion following 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 scaffolding 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 £69.50 admin fee for all licences processed manually.

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

Renewals and enquiries 

Call us on 020 8753 3447 or 020 8753 4807 between 10am and 4pm for renewals, enquires and payments. You can make payments over the phone using your debit or credit card.

Conditions of use

The licensee [the scaffolding company] is entirely responsible for the scaffolding 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 measures to mark, guard, light or remove the scaffold and clean and repair the highway and the licensee will be liable for the costs incurred.

Enforcement officers will be patrolling the streets of the borough on a regular basis to make sure that all scaffolding is legitimately sited; following the terms and conditions set out in the permit and promptly removed after their permit expiry.

Terms and conditions

1. The licensee shall not leave the scaffold on the public highway unlicensed.

2. A laminated copy of the permit (or subsequent renewal) shall be displayed on site in a visible position whilst the scaffolding is erected.

3. The licensee shall ensure safe access for pedestrians is maintained at all times. This is to include a clear and protected footway or temporary footway width of 1.2 metres minimum.

4. The licensee shall ensure no existing road sign or line is obstructed or rendered less effective by the construction of the scaffold.

5. The erection and removal of the scaffolding shall take place between the permit start and end dates.

6. Scaffold poles on the public footway shall be covered with yellow sleeving and covered in red and white tape for high visibility.

7. No cross poles should be placed across the footway between ground level and first lift level.

8. The first level shall be closed double boarded and all levels to have kick/toe boards.

9. The upper levels shall have netting attached to prevent any debris from falling onto the public highway.

10. Clear headroom of 2.6 metres shall be provided above sections of the footway where a gantry is present for pedestrians to walk through.

11. Pole base plates (either metal or plastic) shall be in place to protect the footway.

12. Scaffold boards are not to be placed underneath poles or base plates.

13. The scaffold shall be lit during the hours of darkness using bulk head lights (60 watt minimum) attached to the poles at 3 metre spacing, white bulk head lights at the back of the footway and red bulk head lights facing the carriageway.

14. Poles, boards or associated fittings are not to be stored on the highway during erecting and dismantling the scaffold.

15. The scaffold company name and contact details shall be clearly displayed on the structure.

16. The licensee shall remove or reposition the scaffold if required by the police, the Council or statutory undertaker’s access to their apparatus.

17. All ladders or climbing aids should be removed and locked away each evening to prevent unauthorised persons from climbing the scaffold.

18. The licensee shall keep the gantry (if applicable), footway and roadside around the scaffold free from rubbish or obstruction.

19. The scaffold must remain in use by the licensee, new contractors will need to make a new permit application in order to take over the permit of a scaffold.

20. The licensee shall notify the Highways Licensing and Enforcement Team when the scaffold has been removed.

21. The licensee shall have public liability insurance of £5 million to work on the public highway. Failure to have insurance would result in your permit becoming invalid.

22. The scaffold shall not be used for advertising purposes without consent in writing (planning permission) from the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Planning team.

Erection of scaffolding

1. The scaffold shall be erected, used and dismantled in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines and compliance with the relevant safety legislation including the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and BS EN 12811-1:2003, the codes of practice for areas and working scaffolds and special scaffold structures in steel. There MUST be compliance with the H.S.E (Health and Safety Executive) conditions and guidance notes and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

2. The licensee shall ensure all personnel working with the scaffold are competent and efficient and take all the relevant and necessary safety precautions.

3. The licensee shall undertake the erection of the scaffold in off peak hours i.e. early morning, at night or 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 scaffold shall be agreed in advance with the Council.

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

5. 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.

6. The licensee is responsible for the suspension of any parking bays and for providing all banksmen, 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.

7. The licensee shall ensure the scaffold is removed on or before the expiry of the permit unless an application for a renewal of the permit has been made to, and authorised by, the Council.

8. 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 scaffold on site.

9. Poles, boards or associated fittings are not to be stored on the highway during erecting and dismantling the scaffold.

10. The licensee shall notify the Council when the scaffold has been removed.

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