When it comes to putting scaffolding up outside a residential property, many of us wonder if we actually need to obtain a license from the council or submit planning permission for this.

At Facelift Scaffolding, we know all the rules and regulations when it comes to erecting scaffolding, so we’ve put together this helpful guide about what you need to do and consider before having scaffolding put up outside your house.

Our Guide to Putting Scaffolding up on Your House

Let’s start by clarifying that you will not need to put in an application for planning permission to erect scaffolding, but there are some situations where you (well more specifically, your builders or scaffolding contractors) will need to obtain a license from your local council and permission from your neighbour’s in some situations.

It is the responsibility of your building contractors or scaffolders to obtain a license. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that they have the appropriate documentation to prove that a license has been obtained.

Obtaining a license from the council is generally much easier and quicker than submitting an application for planning permission, so this is good news!

Note that, even if you do not need a licence to erect scaffolding, in all situations you must ensure that you have the necessary planning permission to carry out the building or renovation works.

Situations Where You Will Not Need a License

You will not need to get a license or any kind of permission if the scaffolding you are putting up does not extend over or overlap the boundaries of your property.

i.e The scaffolding is only touching parts of your property, such as your walls and garden and not those of your neighbours, the street, shared or communal areas, or others parts of your property that are shared with any of your neighbours.

The only situation where it is permissible to erect scaffolding on a neighbour’s land is where essentials works and repairs are being carried out, under the Access to Neighbouring Land Act 1992. This act clearly states that the work must be to repair damage or maintain and prevent future damage and in no way be improving the property.

Situations Where You will Need to Obtain a Licence

If any of the scaffolding will have to be outside the boundaries of your property, then your builders or scaffolding contractors will need to obtain a licence before the work starts.

For most owners of detached homes, scaffolding rarely needs to extend over the boundaries of your property. However, for owners of terraced houses and maisonettes, there are occasions where scaffolding needs to be erected over the pavement areas outside or into a neighbour’s garden.

It often depends on which part of your house is having renovation works and whether your property has a private front garden area or steps straight out onto the street.

Once your builders or scaffolders have obtained a licence, be sure that they have the correct documentation and paperwork to prove this as it is your responsibility to ensure that they do.

Looking for a Scaffolding Contractor?

If you are looking for a scaffolding contractor to put scaffolding up on your property before carrying out building or renovation work, then we have many years of experience and a highly trained, professional team of scaffolders. All of our scaffolders are trained and qualified to the highest standards and we have a long-standing, great reputation in Crawley where we are based and across West Sussex.

We offer a reasonably priced, residential scaffolding service not only in Crawley, but throughout West Sussex and beyond, including Horsham and East Grinstead. We also offer other scaffolding services including commercial scaffolding and new build scaffolding.

We’re also happy to provide you with a free quote and offer any advice you may need about whether or not you will need a license.

Get in touch with us today for a free quote or browse our list of scaffolding services.

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