You must have an appropriate licence to work on or occupy the public highway. Below are the different highway licences you can apply for.
The term 'highway' includes roads, pavements and verges. It is an offence to obstruct the free passage of the public highway.
Public highway licences
- Excavate in the public highway
- Place and store building materials on the public highway
- Erect and place scaffolding, hoarding or a portable cabin on the public highway
- Place a skip on the public highway
- Operate a crane on or over the public highway
- Place tables and chairs on the public highway
- Gain access to Above Bar Street or Bitterne Road Precincts
Temporary Traffic Management
Roadworks and Section 58 restrictions
Accessing roads in a moving traffic area, including bus lanes and bus gates
Certain roads within Southampton City have restricted access to vehicles. If you need access to these roads and are on the list of vehicles that can request an exemption, you can do this using our online form. More information can be found on our access moving traffic area webpage.
A summary of the eligibility criteria for this permission. Local authority guidance notes will be attached to each of our permissions to outline any further requirements that we require from the applicant.
Application evaluation process
We will endeavour to process your application as quickly as possible. Due to the nature of this permission and third party interest we will aim to grant permission within 8 weeks of the application being made. This however is subject to receiving all required documentation, correct payment and the suitability of the location.
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 authority within a reasonable period, please contact us.
Failed application and permission 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 permission.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
If you would like to construct or extend a building on or over the public highway you will require a Highway projection licence.