If you want to place a skip, scaffolding or hoarding on any public road in Harlow, you will need a licence from either Harlow Council or Essex County Council (ECC), depending on who owns the road.
To find out who owns the road you want to use, you need to:
- visit the Essex Highways website
- search for the postcode where the equipment will be placed under ‘Find Address’
- under ‘Map Categories’ open ‘Assets’ and click the tick box next to ‘Highway Record’
If the road is:
- green (no black boundary) it is ECC owned
- red (no black boundary) it is ECC owned
- unshaded it is Harlow Council owned
- black boundary it is Harlow Council owned
If the road is owned by Essex, you need to make an application on the ECC website
To be able to apply for a skip, scaffolding or hoarding licence, you need to be a:
- licenced skip or scaffolding contractor, with proof of public liability insurance to £5 million (skip or scaffold licence)
- relevant contractor or commercial organisation (hoarding licence)
The maximum skip size permitted on the highway is a 6 yard skip
Scaffolds need to leave a minimum of 1.5 metre width and a 2.1 metre overhead clearway on a footpath
To apply for a skip, scaffolding or hoarding licence from Harlow Council, you will need to provide a:
- location plan
- plan showing the extent of the structure with relevant measurements
- cross section showing the construction and relevant measurements
- copy of public liability insurance certificate
- correct fee
Once we receive your form, our Property and Facilities team will validate your application and calculate the fee.
We will email you within 5 working days to tell you the fee and instructions on how to pay, using a debit or credit card.
Once we have received payment, we will email a copy of your licence to you.
If we grant your licence, it will be valid for 14 days, unless you renew it.
Mandatory single site inspection: £42
Each subsequent inspection: £21
Renew your licence
You can extend your licence for another 14 days.
To renew your licence, you need to:
- pay the fee of £10
- provide your current licence number or application reference number