When is a licence required?

If you intend placing a builder's skip, or erecting a scaffold or hoarding on the highway, then a license is required.  These licenses are often referred to a 'skip permit' or 'scaffold / hoarding permit'.

The need to obtain a license to place a builder's skip on the highway is contained under Section 139 of the Highways Act 1980.   The need to obtain a license to place a scaffold or hoarding on the highway is contained under Section 169 of the Highways Act 1980.  

You do not need a license from the council in order to place a skip, scaffold or hoarding on private property.

Who should apply?

The skip hire operator / scaffolding company should apply to the council for the necessary license.
 
This is for the reason that applicants are required to carry Public Liability Insurance to the value of £5 million per claim. 

We strongly recommend you check out the credentials of the company you are using before hiring a skip or arranging for a scaffold / hoarding to be placed on the highway.  Enforcement action may be taken by the council in respect of illegal obstructions of the highway.

 

Application Forms

 

 

Charges

The Council will raise a monthly invoice to the applicant covering the charges for all permits processed on the applicant's behalf during that period. 

 

Current charges are as follows:

 

HIGHWAYS ACT 1980, SECTION 139 – CONTROL OF BUILDERS SKIPS

Charges from 1 April 2019

The consideration of an application for permission to deposit a skip on any highway for the period specified (but not backdated) and for not more than 28 consecutive days.  Application to be received in advance of the skip being deposited.

£30.00

(£10.00 reduced charge for applications withdrawn prior to decision)

The consideration of an unauthorised deposit of a skip on the highway, including the handling of a late application for permission for the period specified (but not backdated) and for not more than 28 consecutive days.

£90.00

HIGHWAYS ACT 1980, SECTION 169 –

CONTROL OF SCAFFOLDING ON THE HIGHWAY

 

The consideration of a licence to erect or retain on or over the highway any scaffolding or hoarding.  Licence for the period specified (but not backdated).

£150.00

(For the consideration of the licence - whether granted, refused or withdrawn - and covering the first 28 days of any licence period granted)

 

Plus £65.00

(For every additional 28 day period or part thereof granted under the licence)

 

 

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No.  It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted.  If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it using the contact details below.

Public Register

A public register is kept which can be viewed by contacting the address below and arranging a convenient time.

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Contact

Building Control Section
Civic Centre
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8QH

Phone: 0191 278 7878 and ask for Building Control

Email: building.control@newcastle.gov.uk

Page last updated: 
20 March 2019
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