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Place materials on the road

Before any temporary minor work is carried out on the public highway you are required to obtain a Section 171 licence from us.

You will need a Section 171 licence if your work involves working on the highway for any of the following:

  • Depositing materials or equipment on the highway (including the footway)
  • Building or repairing a boundary wall
  • Carrying out tree works
  • Using a cherry picker
  • Using traffic lights, stop/go boards or other traffic management

Road closures do not require a Section 171, if you need to close the road you will need to apply for a road closure. If your work requires more extensive excavations you will need to apply for a Section 50 licence.

Please note that Section 171 licences do not cover placing skips or scaffolding on the highway. You will need to apply for specific licences for each of these.

Apply for a Section 171


A licence costs £65. If you make the request with fewer than 20 days’ notice, we may still grant the licence but the cost will be £110. However, less than 20 days’ notice can only be accepted for genuine emergencies which endanger life or is a risk to property.

An extension to an existing licence is £45.

All fees are non-refundable.