Highways licences & 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.

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.

Apply or renew a skip permit

The current charge for a skip permit is £45 for 14 days. This payment is taken during the online application.

It can take up to 5 working days to process an application for a skip permit.

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

Skip permit terms and conditions

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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 [email protected].

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

Apply or renew a scaffolding licence

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

Apply or renew a hoardings licence

The current charge for both scaffolding and hoardings licences is £115 per street placed per 30 days, this payment is taken during the online application.

It can take up to 7 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.


Tables and chairs

If you intend to sell food or drink from your business on any part of the public highway you will need to apply for a licence. Please read the following before applying.

To apply and make the initial payment for a tables and chairs licence please complete the online form.

Pavement licence conditions

August 2015

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Tables and chairs guidance notes

July 2015

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Apply or renew a tables and chairs licence

You may be asked to make an additional payment for your tables and chairs licence please use the online form.

Make an additional payment for your tables and chairs licence application


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).


Banners over the highway

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

Banners over the highway application form

June 2017

Size: 171.50 KB File format: doc


Tower cranes

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

Tower Crane application form

June 2017

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Equipment oversailing the highway application form

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Book a road space

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

Road Space application form

June 2017

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Temporary traffic lights

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

Temporary Traffic lights application form

June 2017

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Private apparatus on the highway

You need a licence if you want to place or retain apparatus on the public highway (such as sewer connection pipes).

Private apparatus on the highway application form

June 2017

Size: 131.00 KB File format: doc


Planting on the highway

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

Planting on the Highway application form

Size: 53.03 KB File format: pdf


Public event on the highway

If you are planning an event that will take place on a road or may cause disruptions to traffic please read the following:

Good Practice Guide for highway events

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Managing traffic to your event leaflet

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Please contact us at least 12 weeks in advance of your event if you feel the event is likely to have an impact on the highway, so that there is time to arrange any necessary measures. Please read our guidance notes before completing either the Street Party and Playing Out Scheme application form or the Highway Event application form for all other events.

Highway Event guidance notes

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Highway Event application form

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Street Party and Playing Out information leaflet

Information you need to know when hosting a street party or playing out scheme in Cambridgeshire.

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Street Party and Playing Out guidance document

Guidance for hosting a street party or playing out scheme in Cambridgeshire.

Size: 238.34 KB File format: pdf

Street Party and Playing Out application form

Size: 228.50 KB File format: doc


Traffic counters on the highway

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

Traffic Counters on the highway application form

June 2017

Size: 172.00 KB File format: doc


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 the council's Tourist Signing policy below.

To apply, read the policy in full and then complete and return the Tourist Signing application form below

A community can take action to fund the improvement independently.

Tourist Signing Policy

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Tourist Signing application form

Size: 87.45 KB File format: pdf

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