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Crane licence

If you require the use of a crane or cherry picker, situated on a public highway, you will require the permission of the Local Highway Authority under the Highways Act 1980, section 169.

If the crane is to be situated on private land it does not need a licence.

Members of the public can hire the use of cranes or cherry pickers from crane operating companies.

It is the responsibility of the crane operating company to obtain the relevant licence. A site meeting will be required between the crane company and the council before any licenses are granted.

A road closure may be required in certain instances; there is a 6-8 week lead time in arranging a road closure and applicants are expected to take this into account when applying for a crane licence.

Standard conditions

You (as the applicant) must ensure the following:

  • The safety of the general public is the first consideration at all times
  • Public liability insurance that covers the public highway is obtained
  • Harrow Council is indemnified against any third party claim arising from your presence on the highway
  • The full cost of any clearance, reinstatement or repairs to the highway, street furniture or statutory undertakers equipment resulting from your activities is paid on demand
  • The equipment is attended at all times and removed from the highway when not in use
  • The working area is sufficiently coned/barriered off to protect pedestrians
  • You must inform local residents and businesses in advance of any works due to being carried out
  • Access is available at all times for vehicles and pedestrians (except where a road closure is in force)

Inspections are carried out periodically both in and out of normal working hours.

Persons found not to be complying with the conditions of any licence will be reported for possible legal action.

Please note that full terms and conditions for a crane or cherry picker licence can be found on the application form when applying.

Traffic, Highways & Asset Management Service

Address: PO Box 39
Civic Centre
Station Road
Harrow
HA1 2XA