Highways obstructions—building works, scaffolding and skips
Highways obstructions—building works, scaffolding and skips

The following Planning guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Highways obstructions—building works, scaffolding and skips
  • Licence applications and records

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:

  1. placing builders' skips in the highway

  2. erecting scaffolding, and

  3. depositing