Highway licences and permits

Application forms are available below to obtain the specific licences or permits required when working on the highway.

Failure to obtain the necessary permissions may result in enforcement action being taken against you.

Only registered companies can apply for hoarding, scaffolding and skip permits. If you would like to become registered, please email street.works@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

Skip permit

Only registered skip companies can apply for skip permits.

Skips are not allowed to be placed on waiting restrictions (yellow lines). Skips may be permitted in resident permit holder bays or pay and display bays but additional charges will apply.

To apply and pay for a permit to place a skip on the highway, please complete the online form. Applications by phone or email are no longer accepted.

The current charge for a skip permit is as stated on the application form and is for 14 days. This payment is taken during the online application.

It can take up to five working days to process an application for a skip permit.

Please read the terms and conditions document below before completing the online form.

Scaffolding and hoardings licences

You need a licence to place scaffolding or hoardings on the highway.

Only registered companies can apply for scaffolding and hoardings licences. If you would like to become a registered company, please email street.works@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

To apply and pay for a licence to place scaffolding on the highway, please complete the online form below.

To apply and pay for a licence to place hoardings on the highway, please complete the online form below.

The current charge for both scaffolding and hoardings licences is as stated on the application form and is per street placed per 30 days. This payment is taken during the online application.

It can take up to seven working days to process an application for a licence. Applications by phone, email or paper are no longer accepted.

Licence renewals use the same online form as for new applications.

Pavement licence

If you intend to serve food and drink from your business on any part of the public highway, you will need to apply for a licence. Please read the following information on how to apply.

The Government has instigated a new ‘streamlined’ pavement licensing process, designed to support businesses selling food and drink such as cafes, pubs and restaurants.

The introduction of a temporary fast-track process will allow businesses to obtain permission from the local council for the placement of furniture such as tables and chairs on the pavement outside their premises in time for the summer. Licences will remain in place for up to a year but not beyond the 30 September 2021. The exact length of licences issued will vary between, and will be at the discretion of, the licensing authorities.

The legislation (Business and Planning Act 2020) received Royal Ascent on 22 July 2020 and came into force with immediate effect, therefore District and City Councils can now issue the new fast track pavement licences with the Highway Authority as a consultee.

For all new licences and renewals of existing licences please contact your local council:

Should you wish to vary an existing licence in terms of hours of operation or the extent of the amenity as previously permitted, please contact the Highway Authority at Policy.andRegulation@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

The setting up of Pavement Cafés on the public highway under Part VIIA, Section 115(A to K) of the Highways Act 1980 remains the responsibility of The Highways Authority of Cambridgeshire County Council, applicants can obtain further information on this process by contacting Policy.andRegulation@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or to apply and make the initial payment for a tables and chairs licence, please complete our online form.

Tables and chairs guidance notes
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Pavement licence conditions - May 2018
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Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTRO) for road closures and speed reductions

If you need to reduce a speed limit or close a road or footway, you will need to apply for a temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). These can be arranged when it is necessary to temporarily control vehicular or pedestrian activity on a length of public highway.

Most commonly these are road closures arranged on behalf of the highway authority, utility companies and developers, but they can also apply for temporary speed limits, parking restrictions, movement orders and public events.

Mobile catering operators of roadside catering vehicles must get consent from the local Highways Office before starting to trade. You should be aware of and bear in mind the policy and guidance provided in the Highway Operation Standards.

Banners over the highway licence

To place a banner over a highway to publicise a charitable or community event, you will need a licence.

Tower cranes licence

You need a licence for tower cranes or equipment that may 'oversail' the highway.

Book a road space

If you want to work on the public highway, you need to book a road space. Make sure you include accurate descriptions and grid references.

Road space application form - April 2020
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Temporary traffic lights

If you want to use temporary traffic lights, you will need to complete the application form below.

Copy of Traffic Light form
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Private apparatus on the highway

You need a licence if you want to place or retain apparatus in the public highway, such as sewer connection pipes for example.

Planting on the highway licence

You need a licence if you want to maintain an area of highway verge adjacent to your premises.

Public event on the highway

If you are planning an event that will take place on, or will affect, the highway, please see our highway events webpage.

Traffic counters on the highway

If you are using traffic counters on the highway, please complete the below application form.

Tourist Signing

Tourist attractions can apply and pay for brown tourist signing to direct the public to their business or facility. All applications are considered in accordance with our Tourist Signing Policy below.

To apply, please read the policy in full and then complete and return the application form.

A community can take action to fund the improvement independently.

Tourist Signing (002)
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Tourist_Signing_Application_Form_2015
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Storage of materials on the highway licence

The current charge for a storage of materials on the highway licence is £45 for 14 days and we will contact you when payment is required (via the details you provide in the application). Licence renewals will be required every 14 days.

Please allow five clear working days for your request to be processed. Please read the terms and conditions on the licence before submission.

Street lighting attachment licence

If you would like to attach an item to a street light, such as a hanging basket, festive lighting or advertising, you will need a street lighting attachment licence. Find out more on our street lighting webpage.