Mobile crane licence


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'll need a licence if you want to use a mobile crane on a public road, verge or pavement.

Before you start...

You'll need the following to apply for a mobile crane licence:

  • public liability insurance certificate (minimum of £10 million)
  • a site plan (to scale) of the crane's position and over-sail area with dimensions
  • a copy of the risk assessment
  • a copy of the method statement.

It costs £100 for a 7 day licence. It's £45 for each week after.

It takes 10 working days to process an application.


You need to follow some guidelines when using mobile cranes on a road.

These include:

  • Cranes always need to be banked.
  • Avoid overhead wires and cables.
  • Structure needs to be lit up at night.
  • You mustn't obstruct the visibility of junctions, road signs, traffic lights or street furniture, for example lamp posts.
  • Don't advertise the company (no boards).
  • Provide a 1.2m pedestrian walkway at all times.
  • You must remove cranes on the day the licence expires.
  • You're responsible for any damage to the road.
  • You can't obstruct any access to premises, unless you have the owner's permission.