Mobile crane licence
IMPORTANT: you must allow a minimum of 10 working days from date of receipt by Herts Highways to process your request for a licence. A site meeting may be required.
a) A charge will be made for each application, £85 for a licence up to seven days, and £38 for each additional seven day period.
b) As the applicant you must have public liability insurance cover of at least £10 million. An insurance certificate will need to be provided before the application is processed.
c) Applying for a licence does not guarantee that a licence will be issued. Mobile Lifting / Access Equipment will only be permitted on the highway if it is felt safe to do so.
The following conditions must be observed in respect of all temporary structures on the public highway (includes scaffoldings, hoardings and mobile lifting/access equipment):
1. The structures shall be illuminated during the hours of darkness.
2. The structure should be erected by competent persons.
3. The structure shall not obstruct visibility of junctions, road signs, traffic lights or other street furniture or interfere with the traffic flow, unless agreed otherwise by the Highway Authority.
4. The structure shall not display any advertisement other than the contractors name and telephone number, the board shall not measure any greater than 1.0 Sq.
5. A minimum 1.2m pedestrian walkway must be maintained at all times past the structure. If this cannot be provided on the footway then a suitable alternative must be provided and shall comply with Safety at Street Works and Road Works - A Code of Practice.
6. The licensee shall comply with all reasonable requirements of any utility company for the protection of/or access to their apparatus/plant.
7. The licensee shall remove the structure on or before the expiry date of the licence, or otherwise arrange for an extension (at extra cost) of the licence.
8. The applicant must hold the appropriate level of insurance as detailed on the application form. The applicant will be responsible for any damage to the Highway, private property or claims for personal injury.
9. Erection is not to commence until a licence has been issued.
10. It is important to realize that the Highways authority is only concerned with the obstruction that the structure will cause to users of the highway. Issue of a licence by them does not imply that the structure has been checked or approved by them or does it absolve the licensee from obtaining any other consent, which he may require. There are stringent regulations governing the design and construction of temporary structures which are enforced by the Health and Safety Executive.
11. The structure shall be positioned so as not to obstruct the access to any premises, unless done with the consent of the owner.
12. Applicants should inspect the highway, street furniture and statutory undertaker’s equipment and apparatus before erecting the structure and report any damage to the Authority. Failure to do so will imply that the highway is in good order and the applicant will be charged for repairs to any damage subsequently reported.
13. Other conditions may apply and these may be determined by a site visit prior to a licence being issued. These additional conditions will be included on the licence.
14. No structure shall remain on the highway once the licence has expired.
15. Right is reserved to remove the structure from the public highway without notice if conditions of the licence have not been complied with. Costs will be recharged to the applicant.
16. All structures on the public highway without a licence will be removed without notice. Cost will be charge to the applicant.
17. Right is reserved to request the removal of the structure should the Highway Authority deem this necessary in the event of an emergency or for operational requirements.
The following specific conditions must also be observed in respect of all mobile lifting / access equipment on the public highway:
18. All cranes must be banked at all times.
19. Care must be taken to avoid overhead wires and cables.
20. All traffic management must comply with Safety at Street Works and Road Works - A Code of Practice.
21. A site plan, to scale, showing the crane's position and over-sail area with dimensions.
22. Where appropriate, a copy of the way-leave agreement or permission from landowners who will be over-sailed will need to be provided.
23. A copy the Risk Assessment & Method Statement relating to this job.