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Building materials on the highway licence

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A licence is required for placing building materials on any part of a highway. Any such materials must be kept in private if possible in which case a licence is not required. Licences are only issued in exceptional circumstances for any duration up to a month. The applicant can extend this before the granted licence expires.

To place a deposit of material on the highway:

  • complete and submit a licence application form;
  • provide proof of public liability insurance to the value of £5 million; and
  • provide details of location and dates of when the deposit is required. The licence is for a period of 28 days, but it is possible to apply for an extension.

Every application is considered on an individual basis and site specific conditions may be applied to make sure of public safety. The licence sets out the standards on such matters as lighting, signing, guarding, and maintenance of public passage.

An application forms can be downloaded below or acquired from Wiltshire Council, with offices based at Chippenham, Devizes, Melksham and Wilton.

Deposit of material license application form 130kb Deposit of Material License

Call: 0300 456 0105

Email: localhighways@wiltshire.gov.uk


One licence per site is required and the licence fee payable is as follows:

  • For a licence where the advanced notice period is more than three days - £53
  • For a licence where the advanced notice period is less than three days - £64

Contact Details (LiveLink)

Multiple Contacts:
eMail: customerservices@wiltshire.gov.uk
Out of hours:
Postal Address:

Customer Services
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
BA14 8JN

In Person:

Last updated: 17 July 2014



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