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When carrying out any building work/maintenance or removal of any part of a property which is adjacent to the public highway (road, pavement or rear lane), the safety of all users of the highway is a priority.

This is achieved by providing safe areas at ground level or a platform at high level. When it is necessary to place hoardings on the highway around the place of work or to erect a scaffolding, you need to get permission from Devon County Council. To place a hoarding adjacent to the highway, or to erect a scaffolding on the highway without first applying for and being granted a licence is an offence under The Highways Act and may result in a prosecution. Once permission has been granted, the conditions attached to the licence must be carefully read and kept to at all times. The basic requirements of the conditions are as follows:

  • Scaffolding and hoardings may only be erected on the public highway by suitably qualified contractors.
  • A licence can be valid for a maximum of 12 weeks, however if a scaffolding is actually only required for 10 days, the application should state that. For longer periods, additional applications should be made.
  • A minimum of 10 working days notice is required to process the application.

For Scaffold Companies only

Scaffolds must be erected in accordance with the Scaffolding Schedule of Conditions (42KB - pdf help).

Evidence of your Public Liability Insurance for £5 million will need to be provided

Evidence of Chapter 8 signing, lighting and guarding cards and/or certificates will need to be provided - the chapter 8 is from the 'Traffic Signs Manual' and the 'Safety at Street Works and Road Works Code of Practice' and is to make sure that the works must be adequately signed, guarded and lit during the hours of darkness.

Download and print off the Scaffolding Licence Application Form (35KB - pdf help) and send it by post to Skip and Scaffold Applications, Lucombe House, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD.

If you would like more information you can make an enquiry here.

If our contractors are called out to lamp a scaffold or make it safe, a charge will follow. Scaffolds erected illegally on the public highway may lead to their removal and prosecution.

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