Apply for a crane licence

If you require the use of a crane or a cherry picker on a public highway, you will need permission from the Local Highway Authority.

If you need to place the crane on private land you will not need a licence. You 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 licences are granted.

A road closure may be required in certain instances. Please note that there is a 6 to 8 week lead time in arranging a road closure.

Before you apply

To apply for a crane licence you need to:

You will be contacted about how you can complete your payment once we receive your application.

Download an application form

Crane licence fees

The current (2023/2024) fees for a crane licence are:

  • £294.60 - Positioning and lifting the equipment on the highway (where applicable).
  • £649.70 - deposit is required.
  • £324.60 - Over sail licence


Terms and conditions

You (as the applicant) must ensure the following:

  • The safety of the 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.