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Using a crane or other equipment or machinery on the road

Do I need a licence to place a crane or other machinery on the public highway?

You will need a licence if you are placing a crane (either vehicle mounted or tower), cherry picker or other equipment/machinery on the public highway for any length of time.

What are the terms and conditions?

Please see our terms and conditions for cranes and other machinery page for the full terms and conditions.

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 crane (or other machinery) licence ( website)

Alternatively, please fill out and return the application form at the bottom of this page.

If you wish to change your existing licence, please submit a new application form.

How much does the licence cost?

The cost of the licence is £175.

What documentation is required?

Please provide the following documentation with your application:

  • a plan showing details of the proposed works including a traffic management plan (see more information below about traffic management)
  • a copy of your Public Liability Insurance for a minimum of £5 million

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How long does it take to process my application?

We will process your application within five working days, once we have received your payment and full application including the correct documents.

If you require any of the following licences to run at the same time as your crane licence, please make allowances for the timescales involved in processing these applications too:

How long is my licence valid for?

The duration of the licence is open to discussion depending upon the nature of the work being undertaken, classification of road and volume of passing pedestrian/ vehicle traffic.

What is a traffic management plan?

Your application must include a suitable scale plan showing the area of the road and/or pavement which you plan to occupy, and details of your proposed system of traffic and/or pedestrian management. This plan must be drafted by a NRSWA (New Roads and Street Works Act, Chapter 8) accredited contractor or company.

The traffic and/or pedestrian management plan should detail the following:

  1. Size of works area, working space and safety zone in the area to be marked off with cones
  2. Positioning of crane on the footway/highway to include width of hazard, sideways and longways clearance
  3. Lead-in and exit tapers
  4. Advance warning signs with the exact working and locations at which they will be sited
  5. Bollard, barrier, lights and/or cone spacing
  6. Stop/go spacing

What if I have any queries, concerns or complaints?

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

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