Skip, scaffolding or hoarding licence

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.


Skip: £50

Scaffolding: £50

Hoardings: £50

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