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Scaffolding and hoarding licences

Eligibility criteria

The basic requirements of the conditions are as follows:


  • To be a minimum of 2.5m high and to be able to withstand high winds.
  • Illumination may be required if street lighting is not adequate.
  • Must have a smooth finish with no protruding parts.
  • Pedestrian walkways must be of satisfactory width (minimum of 1.5m) and regularly inspected by the contractor.
  • Must display the name and contact details of the contractor.


  • During the erection or dismantling period, a safe working area at ground level is required to be provided to prevent pedestrians gaining access - this means that in the town centre, work must be done outside normal working hours (i.e. after 6.00pm or before 8.00am or on a Sunday).
  • Will require illumination unless no part of it is less than 0.45m (18 inches) from a carriageway in a horizontal direction and no part of it over a footway is less than 2.4m (8 feet) above the footway.
  • Pedestrian walkway to be maintained around the scaffold. If this cannot be arranged, it must be designed to allow access under and through the scaffold safely - no trip hazards, no projecting tubes or fittings, covered adequately to provide a working platform and prevent materials or debris falling through. Poles must be highlighted. A reasonable free walking width must be maintained to enable persons in wheelchairs/prams to pass the scaffold safely.
  • Must display the name and contact details of the contractor.

Traffic Management team

Phone lines open 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 08085 834333

Coventry City Council
PO Box 15
Council House

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