Important changes to the processing of licence applications
After a trial period, and having listened to feedback from applicants, applications for permits no longer require the uploading of Operative/Supervisor Streetworks details or Company Public Liability information. However, a site location plan (photo/picture) is still required.
All applicants must still complete the ‘Declaration’ section of the form before submitting an application.
We also no longer publish a list of Accredited Contractors on our website.
We issue licences for scaffold on the highway to accredited contractors.
Please note: Somerset County Council cannot take responsibility for the availability of the accredited contractors to either undertake works or provide a service.
As the Highway Authority we also control the erection/dismantling and securing of hoardings on or over a highway.
You can apply online using the button below.
Apply for a scaffolding licence
Apply for scaffolding extension
Contractors can also apply to the local area highways office for an application form giving us 10 days notice, by either:
Downloading a copy of the Scaffold Permit Application Form and sending or taking the completed form to the local area highways office;
contacting us by telephone or
by visiting the local area highways office and completing the form there.
How much does it cost?
A scaffold licence costs £90. Cheques should be made payable to Somerset County Council.
Permission once granted will be valid for 28 days.
For longer periods than 28 days a repeat application is necessary and a further fee of £90 is required.
For contractors - there is a fee of £28 for any additional site visits required to inspect a scaffold that does not comply with the conditions of the licence.
To renew an existing scaffolding licence, please contact us. This must be done at least a week before the current licence is due to expire. Please tell us your current permit number on the form.
Please note that, in order for us to comply with new legislation introduced in Traffic Management Act 2004, the notice period for applications has been extended to 10 working days. Please always contact us if you have an emergency application where you are unable to give the full notice, as these will always be considered.
Application to erect a hoarding
Applications to erect a hoarding around a building site adjacent the highway are included within the Scaffolding Application form.
Advertising hoardings are not the responsibility of the Highways department. Large advertising hoardings do need planning permission which would be issued by the relevant District Council, who may have details of ownership. The owner is usually the advertiser. If a damaged hoarding is causing an obstruction on the highway the relevant area highways office should be notified to arrange an inspection.