Site huts and storage container permits

If you want to put a site hut or storage container on a public road in Hammersmith & Fulham you need a licence.

We only accept applications from building contractors. Residents cannot apply.

The minimum period for a site hut or storage container licence is one month. After this time, you will be required to renew your permit. Renewal is not automatic.

You should apply for your site hut or storage container licence online. Please allow five working days for your application to be processed.

A parking bay suspension may also be required depending on the location. A separate online application is required for parking suspensions, please allow five working days for your parking suspension application to be processed.

The site hut or storage container must be placed outside the address specified on the licence and within an agreed parking bay where applicable.

If there is no parking bay outside the address, email the licensing enforcement officer at highways_licensing2@lbhf.gov.uk for advice. 

You do not need a licence to put a site hut or storage container on private land. However, you must take care if using the highway to load or unload any site hut structures or storage containers on private land. If a lorry is required to cross a public footway to gain access to private land, you must ask us to construct a temporary or permanent crossing on that footway.

Display your site huts and storage container permits

You must display a laminated copy of any current site hut or storage container permit on the licensed site hut or storage container where it stands on the highway. If you don’t display a permit we may issue a fixed penalty notice (fine).

How much does it cost?

A site hut licence costs £207.90 for the first month and £180.10 for each additional month. A storage container licence costs £700.90 per month. If you place a site hut or storage container in a parking bay, then extra parking suspension charges apply.

Licence fees are non-refundable unless we decide a site is unsuitable for a site hut or storage container and no alternative location can be agreed on.

Apply for site hut permit

Apply for storage container permit

The links 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 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).

Parking suspensions may also be required

Where applicable, you should apply for your parking bay suspension first and this requires a minimum of five days to process. If the suspension is agreed, you will then receive a unique reference number which you need for your site hut or storage container licence application.

A parking bay suspension may not be required for the full month of the site hut or storage container licence and may be booked as and when required. However, it is an offence to place a site hut or storage container on the public highway in a parking bay which is not suspended for the purpose.

Information on parking bay suspension

Conditions of use

The licensee is entirely responsible for the site hut or storage container 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 these licences are not complied with, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham may take such measures as necessary to mark, guard, light or remove the site hut or storage container, then clean and repair the highway and the licensee shall be liable for the costs incurred in such measures.

Enforcement officers patrol the streets of the borough on a regular basis to make sure that all site huts and storage containers are legitimately sited, adhering to the terms and conditions set out in the licence, and promptly removed following their licence expiries.

The licensee will be subject to the following conditions:

  • All licences issued MUST be displayed on site.
  • The container or site hut must be removed from the highway when the licence expires and the area must be left in a clean and tidy condition.
  • The container or site hut must not be sited within 20.0 metres of a
    • Road junction
    • Bus stop/ stand or terminal
    • Traffic signals (temporary or permanent)
    • Pedestrian crossing
    • School, hospital or works entrances/exits
  • The container or site hut shall not exceed the agreed dimensions and will be placed in the agreed location.
  • If placed in a parking bay the container or site hut should not exceed the dimensions of the parking bay.
  • The container or site hut must not be placed on yellow parking restriction lines (single or double).
  • In Controlled Parking Zones the container or site hut must be placed in parking bays.
  • The container or site hut should be in good condition and have the owners name and contact number clearly visible.
  • The container or site hut must be lit during the hours of darkness.
  • The container or site hut must not prevent access to statutory undertakers’ equipment.
  • The container or site hut must not be dragged or pushed along the highway or any way that would cause damage to the highway.
  • The container or site hut must be removed immediately if requested by the highway licensing team, to carry out works on the highway whether emergency or planned maintenance or for an event on the highway.
  • The licence agreement will become invalid if any of the conditions are not adhered to or the licensee no longer has an interest in the project.
  • An inspection will be carried out at the expiry of the licence and should the container(s), site hut(s) have caused any damage to the public highway, the council will carry out any necessary remedial works and charge all necessary costs to the licensee.
  • Any disturbance or damage to utility plant will be the responsibility of the licensee.
  • The signatory of the application is the person accepting responsibility for the compliance of all conditions and regulations associated with container(s), site hut(s) on the highway.
  • Where container(s), site hut(s) are to be sited in a designated parking bay, the suspension of that parking bay/space is to be arranged by the applicant with the parking control department.
  • The licence granted will be exercised in such a manner as not to cause a nuisance, disturbance or danger to the occupiers of adjoining properties or the users of the highway.
  • The highway will at all times be kept in a neat and tidy condition and free from obstructions.
  • Any form of pedestrian management must have clear signage agreed with the highways officer.
  • The council is indemnified against all claims resulting from an incident caused by the containers. All applicants must have public liability insurance of £5 million to work on the public highway. Failure to have insurance would result in the licence becoming invalid.
  • All licenses must comply with our Code of practice for Construction of Sites.
  • The licensee must comply with any direction or instruction given by the highways licensing team.

Permits are not transferable

Permits are not transferable to any other person or corporate body. If the responsibility for any items placed on the highway or any footway closure is passed to another person or corporate body, then a new application has to be made for a substitute permit in the name of the replacement person or corporate body.

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