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 license the following applications:
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 and 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. Also read process guide below
Process guide for filming on London's road network
Hoardings on London's red routes
Landscaping on London's red routes
Lights in trees 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