Terms and Conditions for Building Materials

Materials are not to be positioned so as to obstruct other highway users – i.e., across any access to premises or obstructing pedestrian traffic in any way

Materials are not to be positioned over gullies, fire hydrants, inspection covers etc.

Materials on the verge must be stored more than 300mm from the kerb edge.

Chapter 8 signage to be maintained at all times.

A site meeting must be held prior to the storage of materials, detailing the conditions of the highway together with appropriate photographs. 

Any damage to the highway caused by the materials or from any action by the applicant shall be remedied at the applicants cost/property owner

For site meetings please call 01908 253428 to arrange a suitable date and time.

Materials must be stored in a safe manner.  Pipes and loose materials must be held in place by appropriate means.

Materials may only be stored in the place agreed at the site meeting with Council staff.

The highway surrounding the place where the materials are to be stored must be kept in a clean and tidy condition during the period of the licence

It is an offence to place materials on the highway without prior approval in writing from the Highway Authority.

Applications should note that special conditions may be imposed by the Highway Authority;

To minimise the inconvenience to persons using the street, having particular regard to people with a disability.

For Traffic Sensitive Streets, street with Special Engineering Difficulties and Protected Streets.

 The materials owner shall:

Indemnify the Authority against any liability, loss, claim or proceedings whatsoever arising under statute or common law in respect of the placing, and maintaining of materials on the highway, or their removal there from.

Provide proof of public liability insurance of a minimum of £10m cover with £5m Employers liability for the period of the Licence.

Only deposit and remove materials on the highway between the hours of 08:00 and 20:00 on all days, except on any Traffic Sensitive Street where erection and removal will not be permitted between 08:00 and 09:30 or 15:30 and 18:00 depending on the street and circumstances.

A person aggrieved by the refusal of consent under Subsection 3 of Section 171 of the Highway Act 1980 may appeal to a Magistrates Court against the refusal

Separate licences are required to excavate the highway, deposit skips, erect scaffolds and hoardings, and operate cranes and access platforms on the highways.


The materials shall not be:

 Consist of any inflammable, explosive, noxious or dangerous material which is likely to putrefy or become a nuisance to the users of the highway.

 Cover an area in excess of 3 metres in length and 2 metres in width, inclusive of barriers.

The materials shall prominently display an information board with the Owner’s Name and 24hr Emergency telephone number

The materials shall not:

 Be placed on the highway so as to contravene any requirements of a Traffic Regulation Order.

Restrict the width of any carriageway to less than 3.25 metres, except in the case of any classified or Traffic Sensitive Street where the unobstructed width exceed 6.75 metres.

Impede the surface water drainage of the highway.

Obstruct access to other premises, fire hydrants, gullies and manholes or any apparatus belonging to a Statutory Undertaker or Highway Authority.

Partly or wholly obstruct a footway without prior approval in writing from the Highway Authority. Where such approval is granted, a 1.2 metres wide pedestrian walkway using barriers  must be in place, and lamped at night

All materials placed on the highway shall be securely restrained at all times and placed on a membrane to prevent staining and or damage to the surface of the highway

No chemical products, including hydrocarbons, shall be stored on grass verges, shrub borders, and other unpaved areas or in the proximity of trees.

No hot material shall be placed on the highway surface except when special provision is made to prevent damage by heat, i.e. boards and sand carpets.

The materials shall be clearly visible to traffic approaching from either side as a distance of not less than 75 metres and shall not be placed within 10 metres of any junction

Last Updated: 30 November 2017