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.

Further information

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.

The machinery must be signed, guarded and illuminated in accordance with guidelines and any additional special conditions.

 See sketch examples here (pdf / 140 KB).