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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.
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.