Skip permits You need a permit before you place a skip on a public road or highway. Licences to place building materials on a road You need a licence if you want to place building materials on any part of the highway. Scaffolding and hoarding on the road A scaffold or hoarding licence is required to use scaffolding or another structure to do building or maintenance work on or over a highway. Mobile working platforms A licence is required to operate mobile mechanical plant machinery - such as cherry pickers and scissor lifts - on roads, footways, footpaths, verges and back streets. Licences for objects over a road By law, licences are required for equipment such as canopies, blinds or CCTV equipment that might protrude over a public highway.