In order to erect and
maintain scaffolding, hoarding or other structures on or over the
roads in Nottinghamshire you are required to obtain a licence for
each location from Nottinghamshire County Council Highways
When carrying out any
building work/maintenance or removal of any part of a property
which is adjacent to the public highway (road, pavement or rear
lane), the safety of all users of the highway must be
- During the
erection or dismantling period, a safe working area at ground level
is required to prevent pedestrians gaining access. In the
town centre this work is to be carried out outside normal working
hours. For example after 6.00 pm or before 8.00 am on a
- Scaffolding will
require illumination unless no part of it is less than 0.45m (18
inches) from a carriageway in a horizontal direction and no part of
it over a footway is less than 2.4m (8 feet) above it.
walkways must be maintained around the scaffold. If this
cannot be arranged, it must be designed to allow access under and
through the scaffold safely. For example no trip hazards, no
projecting tubes or fittings and it needs to be covered adequately
to provide a working platform and prevent materials or debris
falling through. Poles must be maintained to enable people in
wheelchairs/prams to pass the scaffold safely.
- Hoardings are to be a minimum
of 2.5m high and be able to withstand high winds.
- Illumination may be required
if street lighting is not adequate.
- They must have a smooth
finish with not protruding parts.
- Pedestrian walkways of
satisfactory width are to be maintained or provided and regularly
inspected by the contractor.
The County Council has
the necessary powers to issue Licences for scaffolding; to require
erection of hoardings to separate building works from the street
and to ensure hoardings are securely erected. Contravention
of these rules is an offence with maximum fines of £5,000
(non-compliance with scaffolding Licence), £1,000 plus £2 per day
(contravention of Section 172 of the Act) and £200 plus £1 per day
(contravention of Section 173 of the Act).
Copies of the Highways
Act 1980 can be purchased from Her Majesty’s Stationery Office or
alternatively a copy can be inspected at the County Council
The Licence is valid for
28 days and this Permit must be renewed if the work will exceed 28
The application form, Standard
Conditions, relevant fees and further information can be found on
the Nottinghamshire County Council website: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Tel. No. 0300 500 80 80.
Last Updated - 04/04/2013