Building materials on the road and footpath

Christmas embargo - 30 November 2020 to 11 January 2021

From Monday 30 November 2020 until Monday 11 January 2021, there will be an embargo in place on non-essential roadworks in the main town centre shopping areas in Surrey, and on the main roads leading to them.

We will therefore not be issuing any licences for works within this time period, in these main locations.

Emergency works for the safety of the public will be an exception to this.

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Do I require a licence to place building material on the highway?

If you wish to place building materials on any part of the highway, footway or carriageway, a licence is required, in most cases, from Surrey County Council. A licence is not normally necessary if materials are placed on private land. All materials must be placed on private land whenever possible.

Surrey County Council has agreements with Epsom and Ewell Borough Council (for Epsom Market Place only) and Woking Borough Council (for Woking town centre only) for building materials licences to be issued by them. Please contact the relevant Borough Council if you wish to make an application in either of these specific areas.

How do I apply for a licence?

To apply for a new licence, please use our online form and pay the fee:

Apply for a building materials licence (gov.uk website)

Apply to extend a building materials licence (gov.uk website)

How much does the licence cost?

The cost of the new licence is £110. Licence extensions cost an additional £110.

In some cases, extra charges may apply if;

  • our contractors are called out to light the site, or to make it safe, a charge will be made to the licensee.
  • a bus stop suspension is required
  • any other additional traffic management is required (such as a road closure or temporary traffic lights)

What documentation is required?

Please provide a copy of your Public Liability Insurance for a minimum of £10 million, with your application.

What are the terms and conditions?

Please see our terms and conditions for building materials on the road page for the full terms and conditions.

When will a licence be issued and how long is it valid for?

We will issue a licence within five working days, provided that payment and the correct documents have been sent with the application. This applies to both new and extended licence applications.

The licence is valid for 28 days.

What if I have any queries, concerns or complaints?

If you have queries or concerns, please contact us either online or by telephone.


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