A licence is necessary if you are placing any type of crane or other equipment on the public highway or if any part of the crane or its load will over-sail the public highway at any time during the lift.
Q: Who can apply for this licence?
A: Crane companies & contractors
Required documentation & details:
A site plan, to scale, showing the crane's position and over-sail area with dimensions
A copy the Risk Assessment & Method Statement relating to this job
Evidence of £10 million Public Liability Insurance
Start, end and contingency dates & times
A Traffic Management Plan complying with Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual & related Codes of Practice
The type of work to be undertaken
A copy of the crane specification catalogue entry which must include dimensions, weight, jib capacity and limits
Where appropriate, a copy of the way-leave agreement or permission from landowners who will be over-sailed will need to be provided
Cheques payable to Southampton City Council
Application evaluation process
We will endeavour to process your application as quickly as possible. Due to the nature of this licence and third party interest we will aim to grant licences within 4 weeks of the application being made. This however is subject to receiving all required documentation and correct payment. Your traffic management requirements i.e. temporary road/lane closures may increase the time period needed by a further 4 weeks.
Will tacit consent apply?
No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.
Mandatory - Licence conditions attached to this application are at the bottom of this page.
Apply online or download, complete the form and post to the address below:
Tell us about a change to your existing circumstances or to extend an existing permit
Highways Service Partnership
City Depot and Recycling Park
First Avenue, Millbrook
Telephone: +44 (0)23 8079 8077
Fax: +44 (0)23 8051 2883
Failed application and licence holder redress
Please contact the Local Authority in the first instance.
Applicants may appeal to the West Hampshire Magistrates' Court against refusal to issue a licence or against conditions of the licence.
In the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK,
Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.