Scaffold or hoarding licence

Apply and pay for any scaffold or hoarding that affects a public road, pavement, cycleway or verge.

Scaffold licences are:

  • only issued to scaffolding companies with qualified scaffolders
  • not issued to individuals

How to apply

Send an application form (Word, 187KB) to or by post to:

Suffolk County Council
Network Assurance Licencing Team
Phoenix House
3 Goddard Road

Contact Highways England if you need to erect a scaffold or hoarding on a trunk road.

Before you apply

To obtain a scaffolding licence you will need a copy of the:

  • up-to-date accreditation for the on site erector
  • company's public liability insurance with an insured sum of no less than £5,000,000. We reserve the right to increase this threshold for locations needing extra cover


The fee for each licence is £190 (excluding VAT) and lasts for 8 weeks.

Suffolk County Council licence fees increased from 1 October 2019. The revised fee amounts are in the application forms. Make sure you read through the application form before you apply for a licence.

Any extension will require a new licence and payment of £70.

Any inspections required due to non-compliance with the conditions will face a £50 charge per inspection.

The licence fee will not be refunded if the application is not approved.

Pay for a scaffolding licence

Find out how to pay for a scaffolding licence.

All cheques should be payable to Suffolk County Council.