Application guidance notes - Erect scaffolding (S169)

Overview

To place/erect any scaffolding on or over the public highway you will need to apply for a Scaffold Licence under the provisions of section 169 Highways Act 1980.

You will also need a scaffold licence on a private street not maintainable at public expense but for which the public have the right to pass..

You do not however require a licence to erect scaffolding on a private road or on private property.

East Sussex Highways as the Highway Authority acting on behalf of East Sussex County Council reserve the right to refuse requests to place scaffolding on the highway – even if payment has been received although an appeal can be made to a Magistrate’s Court.