Local authorities can issue licences for other items including pavement cafés and seating areas, but only with our consent.
These three documents outline our policies for considering highway licence applications:
The standard conditions are generic to any application. Conditions specific to particular activities are detailed in the relevant application form.
Fees are chargeable for some types of application.
Processing time is typically four weeks - longer if road closures are required.
For consideration of consents for basement openings, flag poles, pavement café seating areas, street trading and/or refuse storage bins, you should first contact the relevant local authority, who will then consult with TfL.
If any consent involves a road closure (to accommodate a crane lift, for example) then we can arrange for temporary road closures as part of the process. There are statutory procedures which must be followed, with advertising costs of £2,050 to £7,000 (depending on location).
Processing time is six to eight weeks for partial road closures and 10-12 weeks for full road closures.
As the highway authority for the red routes, TfL licenses these applications.
Transport for London (TfL) its subsidiaries and service providers will use your personal information for the purposes of administering your highway licence application, includiing where relevant, issuing an invoice and processing any payment. We will retain your information after the issue of the licence for the purposes of managing any correspondence, ensuring compliance with the licence terms and establishing and defending legal rights. On some occasions, we may need to share your information with associated organisations or their agents for these purposes. Your personal information will be properly safeguarded and processed in accordance with the requirements of privacy and data protection legislation. To find out more about how TfL handles personal data see our privacy and cookies pages.
Application form for mobile crane licence
Banners over London's red routes
Builders' skips on London's red routes
Building materials on London's red routes
Building over London's red routes
Crane oversail on London's red routes
Disabled persons' parking bay - also read blue badge guide below
Information for blue badge holders about red routes
Excavation in the highway
Festive and seasonal decorations on London's red routes
Filming on London's road network (see process guide below)
Hoardings on London's red routes
Landscaping on London's red routes
Lights in trees on London's red routes
Mobile apparatus on London's red routes
Pit lane on London's red routes
Scaffolding on London's red routes
Statues/artworks on London's red routes
Temporary traffic signs on London's red routes
If you need a licence to undertake street works such as installing and maintaining utility services, you'll need to apply for a section 50 licence under the New road and Street Works Act 1991