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Frequently Asked Questions FAQs about Licences and Permits

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Below are some frequently asked questions relating to frequently asked questions about Licences and Permits in Worcestershire:

I wish to hire a skip, do I need a permit?

If the skip is to be placed within your property no permit is required and you may approach any skip company of your choice. Skips should be placed within the property boundaries wherever possible.

If you intend to place a skip on the highway you need a permit from your local highway authority.

How do I obtain a permit to place a skip on the highway?

Where it is necessary to place a skip on any part of the highway (pavement, verge or side of the road), you will need to contact a skip company registered with Worcestershire County Council. The skip company will apply for the necessary permit to place the skip on the highway.

How can I check if a skip has a valid permit?

To check if a skip has a valid permit  view the current list of valid skip permits. If you have noticed a skip which is not on this list, contact the Worcestershire Hub on 0845 607 2005 to report this to us.

How can I make a complaint regarding the location of a skip?

Any complaints about location or safety of skips should be reported to us immediately by contacting the Worcestershire Hub on 0845 607 2005. This will allow us to check whether or not the skip does have a valid permit, and ensure that the highways remain as safe as possible at all times. Alternatively you may select to report a highways defect online.

Do I need a permit to place Scaffolding/Hoarding or a Hoist Mounted Platform (sometimes known as a Cherry Picker) on a public highway?

If the equipment does not go outside the boundary of your property, no permit is required.

I will need to have scaffolding on a public highway, will I need a permit?

You will need a permit if the scaffolding is to go onto any public land, be it a highway, footway or grass verge. The scaffolding company you use may apply to Worcestershire County Council on your behalf for the necessary permit. However, if you wish to, you can apply for a permit yourself. You will need to check this with the scaffolding company, or company who is providing the equipment.

If you intend to place scaffolding/hoarding on the highway you need a permit from your local highway authority.

How can I check if Scaffolding has a valid/current permit?

View the current list of valid scaffolding permits If you have noticed scaffolding on a public highway which is not on this list, call the Worcestershire Hub on 0845 607 2005 to report this to us.

How can I make a complaint regarding the location/ safety of any of the above?

Any complaints about location or safety of scaffolding should be reported to us immediately by calling the Worcestershire Hub on 0845 607 2005. This will allow us to check whether or not the skip does have a valid permit, and ensure that the highways remain as safe as possible at all times. Alternatively you may report a highways defect online.

What is the scaffold application evaluation process?

  • Submit application form and pay fee
  • Check location is suitable
  • The licence will be sent within 5 working days
  • Licence must be available for inspection on site

How do I obtain permission to place Temporary Traffic Signals on the Highway?

The best option would be to contact a suitable traffic management company who will apply for the permit on your behalf. However it is possible to apply for the permit yourself.

Could you suggest some traffic management companies I could contact?

The county council cannot recommend or suggest any traffic management companies. They can be found by searching the Yellow Pages, for example.

How much does a permit cost?

There is no charge.

How long is the permit valid for?

There is no time limit restriction on temporary traffic light installations, however applicants are required to estimate the duration of the works on their application.

Can I check if a set of temporary traffic lights has a current and valid permit?

Yes. All authorised temporary traffic installations across Worcestershire can be viewed here.  Alternatively you may contact the Worcestershire Hub on 0845 607 2005 where a Customer Service Advisor will be able to help you further.

How do I make a complaint about a set of temporary traffic lights in Worcestershire?

If you think there is a potential safety issue regarding a set of temporary traffic lights please report this to us immediately. You can do so by contacting the Worcestershire Hub on 0845 607 2005 or report a highways defect online

Why do roads have to be closed?

Roads are closed only when absolutely necessary. This will either allow the physical construction of works on the highway, or safeguard workers or pedestrians. The reasons for closure can be for carriageway resurfacing, laying of pipes and cables, or there maybe special events such as Carnivals or Christmas Markets and even street parties in quiet residential streets

Who can legally close the road?

Worcestershire County Council (highway authority in Worcestershire) can authorise a road closure to allow road works to take place. District, City or Borough Councils can authorise closures for parades, street parties and fairs etc. The police can also close roads for public safety reasons.

How long can a road be closed for?

The maximum length a road can be closed is 18 months, but every effort is made to keep road closures to an absolute minimum.

How much does it cost?

The charge for a road closure is £1,325.00

How much notice is needed?

For planned works a minimum of 12 weeks notice is required to close a road.

If for emergency purposes where there is concern for public safety a road can be closed immediately.

Who can apply to close a road?

The Highway Authority (Worcestershire County Council) and Statutory Undertakers - gas, water, electricity etc. can apply to close a road to carry out essential works on their apparatus.

Builders etc. – it is recommended that a suitable Traffic Management company is employed to undertake the road closure on your behalf.

Event Organisers for parades, cycle races, Carnivals, Christmas markets etc. are advised to contact their local District or Borough Councils

How can I find out information about a current road closure?

Details of current road closures authorised by Worcestershire County Council. Alternatively you may contact the Worcestershire Hub on 0845 607 2005 who will be able to advise further on road closures.

How can I apply for a road closure?

Use the road closures application form at the top of the page. You may fill it in electronically and send it to the email address shown on the form, remembering to send your payment by cheque made payment to Worcestershire County Council.

A lane closure is needed what conditions apply?

Lane closures are normally granted for works on multi lane carriageways, i.e. dual carriageways, one way streets etc. where works will restrict the width available yet traffic flow is maintained and traffic signals may not be appropriate to control the flow.  

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This page was last reviewed 24 July 2013 at 14:00.
The page is next due for review 20 January 2015.