There are two types of highway licence - those which you will have to pay for and those which are free.
Examples of licences which have to be paid for:
- opening streets for private works
- temporary road closures
- dropped kerbs (domestic vehicular access crossings)
- scaffold licences (only issued to scaffolding contractors)
- skip licences (only issued to skip hire companies)
- festive decorations on the highway.
Free licences include:
- building bus shelters,
- erecting village signs,
- installing grit bins,
- installing hanging baskets,
- installing seats on grass verges and pavements,
- placing tables and chairs on the pavement;
- planting (for example flowers on roundabouts, bulbs and trees in highway verges),
- putting advertising banners across streets.
To apply for a highway licence, please contact our Customer Service Centre on 0345 606 6171 (read about the change from 0845 to 0345 numbers).
If you want to apply for a highway licence on a trunk road (PDF, 311KB), please contact Highways England.
We cannot issue licences to trade from the highway eg in lay-bys - please contact your borough or district council.
If you want to close a street for a sporting event such as a fun run or race, social event or other entertainment such as a fair, please read the information on our events on the highway including street parties page on this website.