Materials on the highway


During the Coronavirus pandemic we're changing the way we are working to protect our customers and our staff.

Please submit your application online and pay via bank transfer/online. Any postal applications or cheque payments will not be processed until further notice.

If you recently made a postal application or paid by cheque please contact us on 0300 123 4047.

You need a licence before you can place building materials or equipment on a public road, verge or pavement.

Before you start, you'll need your public liability insurance certificate (minimum of £10 million).


A 14 day building materials licence costs £100. It's £45 for every week after.

Getting a licence

When we receive your application, we'll consider:

  • traffic on the street where you want the material
  • danger and disruptions caused
  • width of the road and pavement
  • access to surrounding property
  • planned or existing roadworks.

We may visit the site whilst the materials are in place to make sure our safety requirements are met.