Scaffold licences
Scaffold licences

The following Construction practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Scaffold licences
  • Purpose of a scaffold licence
  • Format of a scaffold licence
  • Terms of a scaffold licence
  • Licence from highway authority

Purpose of a scaffold licence

A scaffold licence is normally required where a contractor needs to erect scaffolding for the purposes of its works on land belonging to a third party (ie not on its employer’s land). No scaffold licence is required if all the contractor’s scaffolding is within the boundaries of its site or otherwise on the employer’s land. Without a scaffold licence, the contractor will be trespassing if it erects its scaffolding on land belonging to a third party.

The contractor needs to establish who owns the land that it needs to erect its scaffolding on. More than one scaffold licence will be needed if the scaffolding needs to be erected across several boundaries.

If a contractor is carrying out works for a tenant who occupies only part of a piece of land or a property, the contractor will need to obtain a scaffold licence from the landlord to erect scaffolding outside the tenant’s demise.

Format of a scaffold licence

A scaffold licence is usually a relatively simple document. It is typically sent, in the form of a letter, from the party whose land the scaffolding is to be erected on (the licensor), to the contractor (the licensee).

It is common practice for the licensee to provide a proposed form of letter to the intended licens

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