Somerset County Council

Apply for scaffolding licence


The application for a scaffolding permit must only be completed by the appointed contractor.

All applicants must complete the ‘Declaration’ section of the form before submitting an application.

We issue licences for scaffold on the highway to accredited contractors. 

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 per 28 day period.

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.

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.


Contact: Roads and Transport Team
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Opening Hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

If there is an urgent problem outside these hours and it is a risk to public safety please phone the police on 101.

If you need to visit a highway area office you can find the address of your local office here.

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