London Borough of Croydon

Scaffolding licence

Licence summary

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

You can only apply for your scaffolding licence online. Please allow 14 working days for your application or renewal application to be processed.

The minimum period for a scaffold licence is one month. You should always apply for a licence for the full duration of time that you will require the scaffolding to be on the highway. If you need it beyond this time, you will need to renew (extend) your licence at least 7 days before the original licence expires. You will also need to renew any parking suspensions at least 5 working days before the date required.

Renewal of a licence is not automatic and depends on several factors including other planned works in the area, planned events in the borough and compliance with the original licence. Failure to meet the terms and conditions of your licence may result with it being revoked or a renewal licence application being refused. 

If your licence is revoked you must immediately remove your scaffolding from the highway.

You do not need a licence or consent to place scaffolding on private land, however you may need parking suspensions to enable you to park while you unload/load to construct/deconstruct the scaffolding.

You may also need to temporarily close the footway to safely erect and dismantle the structure, if so you will need to deploy a banksman and provide the relevant traffic management and arrange a traffic order if applicable. 

To ensure that work adjacent to the tramway system is carried out safely, it is essential that you arrange a site visit with both  Tramlink representative and an Neighbourhood Safety Officer.

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

A neighbourhood safety officer will contact you to make arrangements to carry out a site inspection.

The purpose of the 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 the following:

  • approved footpath or road closure
  • nature of work
  • timescale
  • the impact on local amenities

Applicants must maintain a satisfactory walk way for pedestrians and disabled users by allowing a walk way with a minimum 1.2m width at all times.

Please view the terms and conditions for further information

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 links under Pay for it on this page to apply.

Licences are valid for 4 weeks.

The following fees must be submitted with your application:

  • £283 licence fee

Bond payment

There is a bond payment of £50 per square metre on enclosed highway. We will call you for the bond deposit, to 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 extension

If you already hold a licence and would like to extended it, you will need to submit your payment and provide the new dates.

Failed application appeal

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

Licence holder appeal

Any licence holder, who objects to any of the licensing conditions as detailed in the guidance notes below, may appeal to Croydon Magistrates Court, Barclay Road, Croydon CR9 3NG.

Terms and conditions 

The licensee [the scaffold company] is entirely responsible for the scaffolding for the full duration of the time it is on the highway including the construction and deconstruction of the structure. The licensee must adhere to these terms and conditions.


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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