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.
We must ensure that any request does not represent a safety hazard.
- Permission is not usually granted for use on the verge.
- The local authority has the right to specify conditions.
- Where terms and conditions are violated, a £50 inspection fee will be charged.
Any company that can provide evidence it has £5 million public liability insurance and proof of competence - Powered Access Licence card or similar - can apply for a licence. To use the machinery for less than a day, no licence is required and no fee is payable, but the local highways office must still be notified and guidance followed. To use the machinery for more than a day, you'll need a licence, which is valid for up to two weeks.
Applying for a licence
To apply for a licence, or an extension, download the application form (doc / 1 MB) and return it to your local area highways office. Refer to our list of fees and charges for 2016-17 (pdf / 253 KB) for cost details.
If there is a remaining unobstructed footway width of less than 1.2m or carriageway width of less than 6.75m while plant is in place, you will need to provide a plan of the location and describe how pedestrian and/or vehicle traffic would be managed.