You’ll need to apply for a licence to put building materials or containers on the highway.

A materials licence lasts for 14 days. You must make sure that no building materials or containers remain on the highway after the expiry date shown on the licence.

Apply for or extend a licence online

Apply at least 10 working days before you need the licence to start.

We’ll need to know:

  • the postcode and address where you want the materials to be
  • when you want the licence to start 
  • a description of the site

Apply to put building materials on the highway

Once we’ve received your application, we’ll contact you to arrange a site inspection. 

Extend a licence

You can only extend your licence once. After that you’ll have to submit a new application.

To extend your licence, we’ll need to know:

  • the postcode and address where you want the materials to be
  • your existing licence reference number

If an extension is granted, it will be valid for a further 14 days.

How we evaluate your application

The site inspection is 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: 

  • approved footpath/road closure
  • nature of work
  • time scale
  • the impact on local amenities

At all times applicants maintain a walkway to a minimum of 1.2m width. This is to maintain a satisfactory walkway to pedestrians and consideration for disabled people.

Type of licence Amount
Materials licence application

£81.76 per licence

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

Materials licence extension £46.09 per licence