Applications for licences and permits
If you want to place an object on or around a road or pavement, you must apply for the correct licence or permit. This includes:
- building materials
Fees are payable for highway licences and permits.
Skips and scaffolding licences
Licences for skips and scaffolding are applied for on your behalf by the firm carrying out the work. Members of the public cannot apply for these licences themselves.
To help the County Council process licences as quickly as possible, we maintain a register of approved skip and hire companies. These are firms who have provided evidence that they hold valid public liability insurance. Inclusion on the register does not imply endorsement of the company or its services by the County Council.
Any firm or company can apply to be placed on the register of approved skip hire companies:
Apply online to be placed on the register of approved skip hire companies
(note: you will need an electonic copy of your certificate of public liability insurance)
Apply online to place a skip on the highway (approved skip companies only - see above).
Other licences and permits
- Cultivate Part of the Highway
- Road Opening Licence to Excavate Part of the Highway (Section 171) - Temporary works / sewer connection etc
- Permanent Verge Crossover (Section 184) - To provide a vehicle crossing with dropped kerbs across a verge or footway
- Erect a banner over the highway
- Erect hanging baskets over the highway
- Decorative Lights on/over the highway
- Road Opening Licence to Excavate the Highway to Install Apparatus (Section 50a+b) - Private services such as gas/water/electricity/telecoms/pumps/IT etc
- Deposit Materials on the highway
All licences are available for specified periods, please see conditions of individual licences. If you are unsure which licence to use please contact us for advice.
There are two ways to apply for a licence from Hampshire County Council:
- Online Form - fill in all the details and send electronically. We will then send you a printed licence application in the post for signature and return.
- Printable Form - fill in all the details and return it to your local highways unit.
If permitted by law, the costs incurred by Hampshire County Council in dealing with the licence application can be recovered and there will be a charge on the applicant.
The required level of Public Liability Insurance for all licences is currently £10 million pounds.
Some other licences are the responsibility of local district, borough or city Councils
Tourist signs (white text on brown background)
Find out more about tourist signs
- Tables, chairs, benches, and bus shelters
- Trading on the highway
- Roundabout sponsorship.
Contact details for all the above:
Contact details - highways functions and district councils
Rights of way and protection for landowners under s.31 Highways Act