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Highway licences

The City of London Corporation is ​the highway authority for all streets in the City of London except 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 the Red Routes. See below for information on the most frequently requested licences.​

Red Routes

The four Red Routes in the City for which Transport for London is the highway authority are:

  • 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

Fees for licences until 30 September 2018

For fees from 1 October 2018 go to the individual sections​​​​​​​​

Guidance notes for highway activities

Download the Guidance notes for activities on the public highway in the City of London (283kb) or request a 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.

A licence is subject to approval after an on-site inspection. We must receive the licence application and the fee before we can arrange the site visit. You should allow four weeks to arrange a site meeting, processing your application.

Scaffolding and hoarding licence fees from 1 October 2018
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. Please see Hoarding and Scaffolding below.

How to apply

You can apply for a licence and arrange a site meeting by emailing us at scaffolding@cityoflondon.gov.uk or phone 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. An application for a licence must be made at least three weeks in advance of the proposed pumping date to give us time for a pre pumping inspection.

From 1 October 2018 the fee for the pre and post pumping inspection is £3,350. One week's notice is needed before pumping can start so that we have time for 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 contact us on 020 7332 1545 or 020 7332 1105 or email highways.management@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Special events on the highway

An event on the highway are either a Major Event ie where a road closure is needed or a Minor Event ie where a road closure is not needed. Different charges will apply to each classification.

Events on the highway fees from 1 October 2018
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 for streetworks or if there is no other loading/unloading space by phoning our Contact Centre on 020 7332 3553/3554.

We need at least six working days to process your application and payment before suspension starts.​​ We must receive your payment at least three working days before the suspension is due to commence.

Parking bay suspension fees from 1 October 2018
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 phoning 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 require 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?

Delivery or collection of goods, documents, packages or material to or from a customer, property or location. You can find more information on our loading and unloading pages.​

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 will 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 will receive a parking ticket (PCN) if loading restrictions (kerb chevrons) are in force or your vehicle is parked on the footway. If you are not loading or unloading continuously or your vehicle is left unattended a PCN may also be issued.​​​

Do I need to display a dispensation?

Yes. You must remember to display the original dispensation on the vehicle at all times. You can not use 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 phoning 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 co-ordinate your closure with other works and events on the highway.​

Temporary road closures and traffic orders fees from 1 October 2018
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 place 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 contact the licencing team on 020 7332 3406 or Licencing

Vehicle crossover and dropped kerbs

Vehicle crossover

Vehicle crossovers allow vehicle access across the pavement. They are however a potential inconvenience and hazard to pedestrians. We normally only consider new, revised or temporary crossovers as part of redevelopment works. You can apply for a vehicle crossover by ringing 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 contact us on citytransportation@cityoflondon.gov.uk if you wish 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 from 1 October 2018
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

Plant and temporary oversail of the highway

Any site activity that needs oversailing the highway, including tower cranes, hoists and other plant will require an indemnity.

Mobile cranes, aerial platforms and other plant on the highway will need a permit and indemnity.

Any site activity that needs lane restrictions, priority boards, give/take, stop/ go and temporary lights for cranes, aerial platforms, generators, footway closures for non-site or utility related needs an indemnity.

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

You can request an indemnity by calling our Contact Centre on 020 7332 3553/3554. Please submit the completed indemnity form to

trafficmanagement.onlineapplications@cityoflondon.gov.uk


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