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Highway licences

The City of London Corporation is ​the highway authority for all the streets in the City of London except for the four Red Routes (TfL Road Network) for which Transport for London is the highway authority.

We are responsible for approving and licensing a range of activities on the public highway except on the Red Routes.

TfL red routes

  • A3211 (Victoria Embankment, Blackfriars Underpass, Upper Thames Street, Lower Thames Street, Byward Street)
  • A201 (New Bridge Street, Ludgate Circus, Farringdon Street)
  • A10 (London Bridge, King William Street, Gracechurch Street, Bishopsgate, Norton Folgate)
  • Minories (southern end), Goodman's Yard and Mansell Street.

If you need a licence or approval for one of these routes you need to contact TfL on 0845 305 1234 or visit Transport for London Highway Licences

Activities on the public highway Guidance Note (283KB)

Request a hard copy by emailing Highways management

Hoarding, scaffolding, building materials and skips

Hoarding and scaffolding

​​A scaffold, hoarding or other structure erected on the public highway must have a licence.

Before submitting an application (including payments) please call our Contact Centre on 020 7606 3030 or email scaffolding@cityoflondon.gov.uk to arrange a site visit. A member of our Highways Management Team will meet you on site following which they will send you an application pack.

Scaffolding and hoarding licence fees
Duration Fee
Up to 7 days per street £375
Up to 1 (one) month per street £450
Each month thereafter, per street £450

Building materials and skips

We do not allow materials or skips to be deposited anywhere on the highway within the City of London. If you have such a requirement then it will need to be met within the confines of a hoarding for which you will need a hoarding licence.

How to apply

You can apply for a licence and arrange a site meeting by emailing us at scaffolding@cityoflondon.gov.uk or call our Contact Centre on 020 7606 3030.​​​

Concrete pump (on street)

The on-street concrete pump licence includes a pre and post pumping inspection of the local drainage system.

The fee for the pre and post pumping inspection is £3,350. An application for a licence must be made at least two weeks in advance of the proposed pumping date to give us time to arrange  the pre pumping inspection.

If we find new concrete in the drainage system after the post-inspection we will remove it at the applicant's expense.

If you need more information call us on 020 7332 1545 or 020 7332 1105 or email highways.management@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Special events on the highway

We organise and host events throughout the year which occasionally require street closures. We always aim to keep disruptions to a minimum. 

Events on the highway are either major events, where a road closure is needed or minor events where a road closure is not needed.

Events on the highway fees
Requirement Major event fee Minor event fee
Application fee £350 £75
Temporary traffic regulation order £2,250 No fee
Hoarding licence £55 £30
Parking bay suspension See separate section See separate section
Dispensation £33 per vehicle per day £33 per vehicle per day
Vehicle removal At cost+15% admin fee At cost+15% admin fee
Cleansing At cost+15% admin fee At cost+15% admin fee

Parking bay suspensions, including disabled and motorcycle bays

You can apply for parking bay suspension(s) for streetworks on the highway by calling our Contact Centre on 020 7332 3553/3554.

Please allow five working days to process your application and payment before your suspension starts.

You need a dispensation if you are loading or unloading on yellow lines for more than 40 minutes in a location where 'no loading' restrictions apply.

Parking bay suspension fees
Type of bay Fee first bay Fee additional bays Daily service charge
Disabled £350 £20 £25
Motor cycle £350 £20 £5 per space
Coach £350 £20 £25
Doctor's £350 £20 £25
Police £350 £20 £25
Ambulance  £350 £20 NA
Diplomatic £350 £20 NA
Pay & Display £200 £15 £25
Resident £200 £15 25
Taxi rest £200 £15 25
Loading £150 (small) £250 (large) NA

Please try to avoid suspending the diplomatic bays (Bouverie Street)

If a vehicle is to stand on a suspended bay, you will also need a dispensation.

Dispensation

The daily charge for a dispensation is  £33 per bay. We need three working days and payment to issue the application.

For more information or request for a parking bay suspension and dispensation, call the Contact Centre on 020 7332 1548. The City of London Police deal with applications to suspend taxi ranks (020 7601 2143).

Parking dispensation

​​​​If you need longer than the permitted 40 minutes maximum for loading/unloading​ you can apply for a parking dispensation by calling our Contact Centre on 020 7332 3553/3554.

We need at least three working days to process your application and payment before issuing a parking dispensation.

What is a parking dispensation?​

A parking dispensation allows a vehicle to stand on a single yellow line (or in special cases on double yellow lines) if a vehicle is required to:

  • be as close to the premises as possible for loading/unloading goods and material
  • carry out specific works

A dispensation is not a permit to stand a vehicle on yellow lines without continuously loading or unloading and it does not cover you for working in or on premises.​​

​​​​​​​When do I ​require a parking dispensation?​

​You will need a dispensation if you are loading or unloading on yellow lines​ for more than 40 minutes in a location where no loading restrictions​ apply.

Remember that loading and unloading is generally not allowed at dropped kerbs or raised carriageway.​​​

What is loading and unloading?

When you are delivering or collecting goods, documents, packages or materials, to or from a customer, property or location.​

What if I need to load or unload on a red route?

Dispensations for a red route are issued by Transport for London.​ More information can be found online at the TfL dispensations page​ or by calling 0845 603 4545.​​

What if specific loading or unloading restrictions apply?

Dispensations to load and unload can not be issued during the times when loading restrictions apply as these cannot be over-ridden. Loading restrictions are indicated by single or double yellow markings on the kerbstone. Nearby black and white time plates will indicate the times when loading and unloading is not allowed.

You may receive a penalty charge notice (PCN) if :​​​

  • Loading restrictions (kerb chevrons) are in force.
  • Your vehicle is parked on the footway.
  • You are not loading or unloading continuously.
  • Your vehicle is left unattended.

Do I need to display a dispensation?

Yes, you must remember to display the original dispensation on the vehicle at all times. You must not use a photocopied dispensation.​​​​​​​​​​​​

Temporary road closures and traffic orders

​If your works or event need the temporary closure of the carriageway, footway or City walkway you will need a temporary Traffic Regulation Order.

You can request the road closure application pack by calling our Contact Centre on 020 7332 3553/3554.

You will need to send the completed indemnity form together with the traffic management plans to trafficmanagement.onlineapplications@cityoflondon.gov.uk ​for approval. You can find information on how to make a payment for the closure in the application pack.

You will need to apply at least 12 weeks in advance of your closure's proposed start date. This is to allow us to advertise and coordinate your closure with other works and events on the highway.​

Temporary road closures and traffic orders fees
Type of closure Notice period Fee
Bus route 12 weeks notice £2,850
Non-bus route 12 weeks notice £2,250
Urgent Less than 12 weeks notice (with advert), subject to network availability, network coordination and managers approval £2,850

NOTE before sending an advert to City AM, administration fees can be refunded on receipt of a written cancellation, subject to a cancellation fee of £850.

In an emergency where there is a potential risk to life or damage to property call us on 020 7332 3553/3554 to discuss.​​​​​​​

Is you road closure for a special event on the City's streets? See our Event planning in the City page for advice.

Tables and chairs

​​You need a licence to put a table and/or chairs on the public highway or City Walkway.

Find out more information on how to apply for table and chair licences​

If you would like advice or assistance with an application or licence call the licencing team on 020 7332 3406 or Licencing

Vehicle crossover and dropped kerbs

Vehicle crossover

Vehicle crossovers allow vehicle access across the pavement. We normally only consider new, revised or temporary crossovers as part of redevelopment works. Apply for a vehicle crossover as part of your redevelopment by calling our Contact Centre on 020 7606 3030 or email highways.management@cityoflondon.gov.uk.

Dropped kerbs

We try to assist pedestrians by providing dropped kerbs at pedestrian crossing points or at selected locations, by raising the carriageway to pavement level.

You can email us on citytransportation@cityoflondon.gov.uk if you want to apply for a dropped kerb.

If you would like general mobility advice please see the Access Team's pages

Long term road closures and temporary loading areas

Inspection fees for long term road closures and temporary loading areas
Duration Fee
Up to 1 (one) month NA
Between 1-3 months £1,800
For each further 3 month period or part thereof £2,600

Temporary oversail of the highway

Any site activity that oversails the highway, including tower cranes, hoists and other plant will require an indemnity. Please call the Contact Centre on 020 7332 3553/3554 or email highways.management@cityoflondon.gov.uk for an onsite meeting following which we will send you the application pack.

We need four weeks' notice and the fee is £250.


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