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frequently asked questions about Licences and Permits
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
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
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
Do I need a permit to place Scaffolding/Hoarding or a
Hoist Mounted Platform (sometimes known as a Cherry Picker) on a
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?
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
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
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
Event Organisers for parades, cycle races, Carnivals, Christmas
markets etc. are advised to contact their local District or Borough
How can I find out information about a current road
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
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
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