London Borough of Croydon

Hoarding licence summary

You will need a licence from the council to erect hoarding on the public highway.

Eligibility criteria

  • a licence is valid for 4 weeks and can only be obtained once a site meeting has taken place with a neighbourhood safety officer
  • fly posting material and graffiti must be removed immediately
  • if any public utility apparatus is affected by the structure, you must agree access arrangements with the relevant statutory companies
  • the hoarding must be built using smooth, close-boarded timber to a height of not less than 2.44 metres (8 feet)
  • the hoarding must be painted in a uniform colour
  • the hoarding must be electrically lit between half an hour before sunset and half an hour after sunrise

To ensure that work is carried out safely adjacent to the tramway system, prior to submitting your application form, you will need to arrange a site visit with TFL and an area enforcement officer in attendance.

Please see the terms and conditions below. 

Legislation summary

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

For a copy of the relevant legislation please contact us on the details below.

Application evaluation process

Once your application is received, a neighbourhood safety 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, road closure, nature of work, timescale and the impact on local amenities.

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

Tacit consent will not apply

Your licence will only be issued to you when the site visit has taken place.

How to apply

Applications and payment are only accepted online, please use the Pay for it link on this page to apply.

Licenses are valid for 4 weeks. You should submit the fee of:

  • £283 licence fee

Bond payment

After you have paid your fee we will call you for the bond deposit of £50 per square metre on enclosed highway. This can be paid by credit or debit card.

The bond will be refunded after the completion of work, providing there is no damage to the enclosed public land.

Licence renewal

If you already hold a licence and would like to extend you will need to submit a fee payment and provide the new dates.

Failed application redress

Any person who is refused a licence can appeal to Croydon Magistrates Court, Barclay Road, Croydon CR9 3NG.

Licence holder redress

Any licence holder, who objects to any of the licensing terms and conditions below, may appeal to Croydon Magistrates Court, Barclay Road, Croydon CR9 3NG.

Consumer complaint

Area enforcement officer to investigate and pursue complaint.

Customer complaint

We would advise in the first instance that in the event of a complaint you make contact with the contractor directly, if you are not satisfied with the response please contact the area enforcement team on the details below.


Licensing team

020 8760 5466
Address Line:

Licensing team

6th Floor, Zone A

Bernard Weatherill House

8 Mint Walk

Croydon CR0 1EA


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