Where a scaffold or hoarding is to be placed on the public highway (road, footpath, grass verge etc) a permit must be obtained before that scaffold or hoarding is erected.
In issuing permits for scaffolds or hoardings we ensure that the highway is not unreasonably obstructed and that the scaffold or hoarding is safely constructed. If an unreasonable obstruction is likely we may suggest alternatives or refuse permission.
In issuing permits we will specify certain conditions which must be observed.
Why do I need a permit to erect a scaffold or hoarding on the highway?
You have a legal obligation to notify the council so that we can make sure that the scaffold or hoarding does not pose a danger to other users of the highway.
How do I obtain a permit to place a scaffold or hoarding on the public highway?
You should complete an application form and send this together with the appropriate fee to the councils building control section. We will consider your application and if your proposal satisfies relevant safety conditions we may issue a permit.
What are the Regulations?
Regulations relating to scaffolds and hoardings located on the public highway are contained within the Highways Act 1980. It is an offence to erect a scaffold or hoarding on the public highway without first obtaining a permit to do so from the highway authority. Wigan council is the highway authority for the borough.
The highway authority may grant permission, with or without conditions. The owner of the scaffold or hoarding has a duty to ensure it is erected safely and is maintained in a safe condition.
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How long does a permit last for?
Permits are valid for a maximum of 4 weeks from the date of issue. If you require a longer period you may apply for the permit to be renewed. We will consider renewal of the permit, also for a maximum of 4 weeks for each renewal.
An additional fee is payable on each application for renewal. There is a discount on the fee charged if the application for renewal is made before the current permit expires.
How can I make a complaint regarding the location of a scaffold or hoarding?
Any complaint about the location or condition of a scaffold or hoarding on the public highway should in the first instance be referred to our Building Control section at the contact details below.
What is the fee for a permit?
We currently charge a fee of £63.14 for the consideration of a permit application. Permits will only be granted for a maximum of four weeks. If you require a longer period you may apply for a renewal of the permit.
Applications for renewal will be charged at £30.60 provided they are made whilst the current permit is still active.
An application for renewal will only be accepted if made before the current permit expires. If your permit has expired before the request for renewal is received your request will be treated as a new application and the fee of £63.14 is again payable.