Temporary structures

A temporary structure licence is required to place some materials on or over the public highway.

These include: 

  • Scaffolding
  • Hoarding
  • Building material
  • Crane/Crane Over sail

A contractor wishing to carry out activities on the highway must have current Public Liability Insurance of at least £5 million.

 

Applying for a temporary structure licence

To apply for a temporary structure licence complete the Highways Activities application form. Once completed return to the Street Works department at streetworks@hounslowhighways.org. Application forms submitted without a copy of current and valid Public Liability certificate will not be processed.

Costs and processing

Licence applications are processed within five business days, although a larger or more complex proposal will take longer as there are additional public safety aspects to take into account. This needs to be considered when planning the lead in time for the installation of the structure on site. Applications will not be processed unless the necessary documentation is supplied.

Certain activities may require a temporary road or footway closure. For further information contact the Traffic department at London Borough of Hounslow on 0208 583 3322 or traffic@hounslow.gov.uk.

If a temporary structure has been erected on the public highway without approval, it will be considered an illegal obstruction and the issuing authority will require its immediate removal.  A fixed penalty notice will be issued and in certain circumstances legal proceedings may undertaken. 

 

Scaffolding

All scaffolding placed on the public highway in Hounslow requires a temporary structure licence which must be obtained before erecting the structure. To ensure compliance with permit conditions, applications will only be accepted from scaffolding contractors. Building contractors, businesses and residents cannot apply.

The licensee [the scaffolding company] is entirely responsible for the scaffolding and must adhere to the terms and conditions and to the individual licence issued. Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in enforcement action, including fixed penalty notices and/or prosecution. If any requirements of the license are not complied with, the issuing authority may take such measures as necessary to mark, guard, light or remove the scaffold, clean and repair the highway and the licensee shall be liable for the costs incurred in such measures. 

A scaffolding licence will be granted providing the regulations are adhered to.

Download an application form to erect scaffolding on the public highway at the bottom of this webpage.

 

Hoarding

All hoarding placed on the public highway in Hounslow requires a temporary structure licence which must be obtained before erecting the structure. If a hoarding has been erected on the public highway without approval, it will be considered an illegal obstruction and the issuing authority will require its immediate removal.

The licensee is entirely responsible for the hoarding and must adhere to the terms and conditions as well as to the individual license issued. Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in legal proceedings, including fixed penalty notices and/or prosecution. If any requirements of the license are not complied with, the issuing authority may take such measures as necessary to mark, guard, light or remove the hoarding, clean and repair the highway and the licensee shall be liable for the costs incurred in such measures. 

Enforcement officers patrol the streets of the borough on a regular basis to make sure that all hoardings are legitimately sited, adhering to the Terms and Conditions set out in the license, and promptly removed following their permit expiry.

The hoarding and conveyor shall be erected and dismantled in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines and compliance with the relevant safety legislation and standards. There shall be compliance with the HSE [Health and Safety Executive] conditions and guidance notes, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Highways Act 1980.

A hoarding licence will be granted providing all regulations are adhered to.

Download an application form to erect hoarding at the bottom of this webpage.

 

Building Materials

Placement of building materials on any part of the highway in London Borough of Hounslow requires a licence. The materials in total must be no longer than five metres and no wider than two metres. If the building materials are on a parking bay, the parking bay must be suspended.

Parking bay suspension can be applied by following the below link:

www.hounslow.gov.uk/index/transport_and_streets/parking/parking_bay_suspensions.htm

Parking suspension must be sought prior to the placement of materials on the highway and this must be accompanied with the Highway Activities application form when submitted.

Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in legal proceedings, including fixed penalty notices and/or prosecution. If any requirements of the licence are not complied with, the issuing authority may take such measures as necessary to mark, guard, light or remove the building materials, clean and repair the highway and the licensee shall be liable for the costs incurred in such measures. 

Enforcement officers patrol the streets of the borough on a regular basis to make sure that all building materials are legitimately sited, adhering to the terms and conditions set out in the licence, and promptly removed following their permit expiry.

A building materials licence will be granted providing all regulations are adhered to.

Download an application form to place building materials on the public highway at the bottom of this webpage.

 

Crane Operators Permit

To use a crane on the public highway a crane licence must be applied for. To ensure compliance with permit conditions, applications will only be accepted from crane operators. Building contractors, businesses and residents cannot apply.

The following has to be submitted (if applicable) along with the completed Highways Activities application form:

 

  • A copy of public liability insurance
  • Method statement
  • Traffic and/or pedestrian management plan
  • Proof of parking bay suspension
  • Approved traffic order

 

Process of an application will take approximately 6-8 weeks if a crane license requires a road/footway closure, and 14 days for parking bay suspension.

To apply for road and footway closure please contact Traffic department at London Borough of Hounslow by email at traffic@hounslow.gov.uk

Parking bay suspension can be applied by following the below link:

www.hounslow.gov.uk/index/transport_and_streets/parking/parking_bay_suspensions.htm

A crane operator's permit will be granted providing all regulations are adhered to.

Download an application form for a crane permit at the bottom of this webpage.

Crane Over sail application form available on request, please email streetworks@hounslowhighways.org

 

Report dangerous or illegal structures at http://hounslowhighways.org/38-contact-us.html

 

Contact us

Telephone: 0208 538 5673

Office hours: Mon – Fri 9am-4pm


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