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Scaffolding & hoarding licenses

A licence is required to erect scaffolding or hoarding.  This includes private streets/roads where the public have a right of access.

When carrying out any building work/maintenance or removal of any part of a property which is adjacent to the public highway (road, pavement, or rear lane), the safety of all users of the highway must be paramount.

This is achieved by providing safe areas at ground level or a platform at high level. When it is necessary to place hoardings on the highway around the place of work or scaffolding, permission is necessary and can be obtained from the council.   

Once permission has been granted, the conditions attached to the licence must be carefully read and kept to at all times.

Every application is considered on an individual basis and site specific conditions may be applied to ensure public safety.

General Information



When applying for a scaffolding/hoarding licence it is a requirement that:

To enable us to process your application, the following documents are required to be submitted:

Please not failure to supply any of the above documents may delay your application.

When applying for your licence, please ensure you submit a request for the full period of work as we do not offer extensions.  If you require additional time you will be required to submit a new application with the associated fee.


The charges for submitted a Scaffolding/Hoarding Licence application is:

£202.20 – for the first 4 weeks

£126.00 – each 4 week period thereafter

Scaffold and Hoarding Licence Application Form (Word document)

Scaffold and Hoarding Licence Application Form (PDF document).

Please note: We will contact you by telephone regarding payment of the licence charge. 

BCS only deal with Scaffolding & Hoarding Licenses within the Wokingham Borough Council area. Applications within the West Berkshire District Council area can be made for a scaffolding licence or a hoarding licence.


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