Adequate signing, lighting and guarding of licensed materials must be provided between half an hour before sunset and half an hour after sunrise. Materials must not be placed or stored outside the licensed area. Materials must not be stored on grass verges.

Type of Licence - A new building materials application will require an additional deposit of £400 Fee

Materials licence application

A new Materials application will require an additional deposit of £400

£81.93 per licence
Materials licence renewal             £46.09 per licence



  • At the expiration of the period of consent the container shall be removed from the highway and the site left in a clean and tidy condition.
  • The container shall not exceed 5m (16'6") in length by 2m (6'6") in width.
  • The container shall not be placed within 18.3 m (60') of a road junction, bus stop (stand or terminal), traffic lights, pedestrian crossing, entrance to, or exit from schools, hospitals or works.
  • The container shall be placed on the carriageway with the long side parallel to the kerb at 250mm (10") out in the position agreed by the Officer. It shall be sited so as not impede the surface water drainage of the street nor obstruct access to any manhole or apparatus of any Statutory Undertaker or of the Council, nor obstruct access to any other premises unless the consent of the occupier of those premises has been obtained.
  • The container shall not be dragged or pushed along the highway in any way which causes or may cause damage to the Highway.
  • The container shall not be deposited on any of the footway or verge at any time nor shall the container be transported over the footway nor shall any part of the transporting vehicle be on the footway when depositing or uplifting the container.
  • Single containers shall be lighted by at least four lights one at each corner during the hours of darkness and clearly visible to all traffic.
  • The container shall when deposited be clearly and indelibly marked with the owners name and with his telephone number or address.
  • No containers on the Highway shall contain any inflammable, explosive, noxious or dangerous material or any material, which is likely to putrefy, or which is likely to become a nuisance to users of the highway.


The Owner of the building materials and/or container(s) shall indemnify the Council against all claims whatever or howsoever arising from the grant of permission, including damage to the highway caused by the building materials, containers or the transporting vehicle.


While the building materials and/or container(s) is deposited on the highway and when removed either temporarily or finally, the surface of the highway is to be kept clean and free from spillage.

Legislation summary

We can serve notice under the appropriate section of the Highways Act 1980 to deal with the removal of the obstruction.


No building materials or container(s) shall remain on the highway pursuant to this permission, after the expiry date shown on the licence.


The Owner is required to show proof the they have a minimum of £5 million public liability insurance.

Application evaluation process

Once your application is received, an Officer will contact you to make arrangements to carry out a site inspection. The inspection will be to ensure that the proposed work will not cause an inconvenience or any risk to a road user's Health and Safety.

Permission may be given subject to conditions which may relate to the following: approved footpath or road closure, nature of work, time scale and the impact on local amenities.

At all times applicants must maintain a satisfactory walk way to pedestrians & consideration for disabled people by allowing a walk way of a minimum 1.2m width.


To apply for a licence to place building materials or containers on the highway please use our online application form.