Highway projection licence

If you would like to construct or extend a building on or over the public highway you will require a licence. Please note that a highway can include roads, pavements, and verges.

The private apparatus may be temporary or permanent. Typical examples may be a private telephone cable which spans a street between buildings or a small canopy on a building. This type of licence is dealt with by us under Section 178 of the Highways Act 1980.

Large projections from buildings, like balconies, structural canopies or general building overhangs are dealt with under Section 177 of the Highways Act 1980.

Apply for a license


Before you fill in this form

There is a fee of £598 to pay when you apply for a new licence. There is no charge for a change to or surrendering a licence.

You will need:

  • Payment card details, if applying for a new licence
  • Plan of projection or structure
  • Evidence of public liability insurance
  • Approval in outline
  • Building regulations approval

Apply for or change a highway projection license

What happens next

We aim 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 30 working days of the application being made, subject to:

  • The application being validated to ensure that the applicant has confirmed that they are the owner of the projection and agree to the licence conditions
  • The proposal being reviewed, and consideration given to alternative options, the effect on the highway and potential risk to the highway infrastructure and the public
  • Evidence of third party agreements will be reviewed if applicable
  • The proposed installation and construction method will be considered

Remember that tacit consent does not apply. 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.

Failed application redress

Please contact traffic management 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.

Consumer complaints

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 in the UK, Consumer Rights will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.