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About licences and permits

Private Works within the Highway

There are a number of works undertaken by private companies within the highway other than County Council or Utility Company works that include:

  • Private Apparatus in the highway
  • Road Opening Permits
  • Temporary Skip in the highway
  • Temporary Scaffold within the highway

Private Apparatus in the Highway

The private licence process permits private companies to enter into the highway to place and retain apparatus such as private sewerage connections, overhead lines and planting areas.

This process enables Lincolnshire County Council to ensure the quality of work taking place within the public highway is to the correct standards and that we have clear records of the location of apparatus to ensure they are protected in the future.

The divisional office will consider the implications of the licence at the requested location to ensure that it does not represent a danger to the highway user, cause unnecessary obstruction to the free flow of traffic (vehicular and pedestrian) or conflict with other planned works or events.

Road Opening Permits

The private road opening permit process provides a service that allows entry into the highway to connect to a foul sewer or replace apparatus already existing in the highway.

This process enables Lincolnshire County Council to ensure the quality of work taking place within the public highway is to the correct standards and that we have clear records of any alterations to the apparatus to ensure they are protected in the future.

The divisional office will consider the implications of the permit at the requested location to ensure that it does not represent a danger to the highway user, cause unnecessary obstruction to the free flow of traffic (vehicular and pedestrian) or conflict with other planned works or events.

Scaffolds within the Highway

The placement and control of Scaffolds (including Scaffolding Towers) and hoardings within the public highway is regulated by the Highway’s Act 1980(section 169). All companies are registered with the County Council and any work undertaken within highway is authorised by the divisional highways office in advance of the works.

The divisional office will consider the implications of the provision of a scaffold or hoarding at the requested location to ensure that it does not represent a danger to the highway user, cause unnecessary obstruction to the free flow of traffic (vehicular and pedestrian) or conflict with other planned works or events.

Each licence issued will normally be valid for a maximum of 28 days, but in certain traffic sensitive streets these may be restricted to a shorter time. Extensions may be permitted at the discretion of the County Council.

Skips within the Highway

The placement and control of builders skips within the public highway is regulated by the Highway’s Act 1980 and the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

All skips placed within the highway must be authorised by the divisional highways office and a licence issued to the skip hire company. The divisional office will consider the implications of the provision of a skip at the requested location to ensure that it is not a danger to the highway user, do not block access to property or apparatus within the highway, reduce highway widths to an unacceptable extent or to restrict visibility at junctions or crossing points, do not cause unnecessary obstruction to the free flow of traffic and do not conflict with other planned works or events.

For further information and application forms regarding highway related licences and permits please follow the links on this page.

Pay for your Licence Online

Use our online service to pay for your Skips, Scaffolding and Hoarding or Road Opening Licence (except street cafe permissions).

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Last updated: 26 October 2016

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