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Placing scaffolding, hoardings or skips on the highway (including pavements) is an obstruction and, strictly, constitutes a nuisance. Section 137 of the Highways Act 1980 (HiA 1980) states that: ‘if a person, without lawful authority or excuse, in any way wilfully obstructs the free passage along a highway he is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine’.
However, such intrusions are driven by necessity and so HiA 1980 provides for a range of activities to be licensed by the local authority (LA). They are:
placing builders' skips in the highway
erecting scaffolding, and
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