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.
- To be a minimum of 2.5m high and to be able to withstand high winds
- Illumination may be required if street lighting is not adequate
- Must have a smooth finish with no protruding parts
- Pedestrian walkways of satisfactory width are to be maintained or provided and regularly inspected by the Contractor.
- During the erection or dismantling period, a safe working area at ground level is required to be provided to prevent pedestrians gaining access. Scaffolding can only be erected or dismantled in Wokingham town centre; before 8am or after 7pm Monday to Saturday, or during normal hours on Sunday.
- Will require illumination unless no part of it is less than 0.45m (18 inches) from a carriageway in a horizontal direction and no part of it over a footway is less than 2.4m (8 feet) above the footway.
- Pedestrian walkway to be maintained around the scaffold. If this cannot be arranged, it requires to be designed to allow access under and through the scaffold safely - no trip hazards, no projecting tubes or fittings, covered adequately to provide a working platform and prevent materials or debris falling through. Poles to be highlighted. A reasonable free walking width must be maintained to enable persons in wheelchairs/prams, etc, to pass the scaffold safely.
When applying for a scaffolding/hoarding licence it is a requirement that:
- Scaffold companies must apply for the licence on behalf of their customer
- Scaffolding companies must hold public liability insurance cover to value of £2.5m. Increased to £5m for scaffolding over 5 metres
- Scaffolding companies must comply with BS EN 12810/12811, or NASC guidance TG20:13
- Erection, alterations and dismantling must be in accordance with the Working at Height Regulations 2005
To enable us to process your application, the following documents are required to be submitted:
- Application Form
- 1:500 Site Location Plan
- A dimensioned site location plan detailing the position of the proposed scaffold / hoarding
- Sections through the scaffold showing dimensions, any walkways, and protection to passers-by and restraint
- Copy of public liability insurance.to £2,500,000 (2.5 Million) increased to £5,000,000 for scaffolding over 5 metres
- Copy of traffic Management Plan (if required)
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
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.