Highway licence policies
These three documents outline our policies for considering highway licence applications.
Please note: These conditions are generic to any application. Conditions specific to particular activities are detailed in the relevant application form.
Please note: Fees are chargeable for some types of application.
Processing time: Typically four weeks - longer if road closures are required.
Local authority consents
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 (dependent 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 (PDF 186KB)
- Builders' skips on London's red routes (PDF 173KB)
- Building materials on London's red routes (PDF 186KB)
- Building over London's red routes (PDF 186KB)
- Crane and oversail on London's red routes (PDF 187KB)
- Disabled persons' parking bay - also read blue badge guide below (PDF 162KB)
Information for blue badge holders about red routes (PDF 756KB)
- Festive / seasonal decorations on London's red routes (PDF 180KB)
- Filming on London's road network - also read process guide below (PDF 81KB)
Process guide for filming on London's road network (PDF 229KB)
- Hoarding licences on London's red routes (PDF 207KB)
- Landscape licences on London's red routes (PDF 175KB)
- Lights in trees on London's red routes (PDF 181KB)
- Scaffolding on London's red routes (PDF 231KB)
- Statues / artworks on London's red routes (PDF 186KB)
- Temporary traffic signs on London's red routes (PDF 244KB)