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Cranes and equipment on the highway licence

If you want to use a crane or other equipment/machinery within the highway, you'll need to purchase a licence.


Download the cranes or other equipment/machinery on the highway licence application form.

Check the full list of charges for highway licences to find out how much the licence will cost.

Submitting an application

Submit your application form to: Highways, First Floor, Resolution House, Cargo Fleet Lane, Middlesbrough, TS3 8AL, or by email to highwaylicences@middlesbrough.gov.uk.


Please note the following guidance:

  • it should be noted that the highway is primarily for the use of the public to pass and repass and not for the convenience of activities adjacent to it. The option to use the highway should only be the last resort when all reasonable alternatives have been fully considered and eliminated
  • the licensee shall indemnify and hold harmless the council against all liability, claims and demands whatsoever in connection with or arising out of the use of cranes or other equipment/machinery on the highway, etc., referred to
  • all applications must be made by the main operator, who will be held by the council to be responsible for all matters pertaining to the plant and its use on the highway
  • on approval of this application, 48 hours' verbal notice must be given to the council, of the date of commencement of the operations
  • the works shall be carried out with all speed and diligence. No works will not be carried out at night, weekends or bank holidays unless otherwise approved by the street authority
  • the applicant shall permit the council to inspect the operations at all reasonable times
  • during the operations, the applicant shall take all steps to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of the public is not jeopardised and shall comply with all reasonable requests made by the council in this respect. (Attention is drawn to the publication Code of Practice 3010, 1972 - “Safe Use of Cranes”, available from the British Standards Institution at 2 Park Street, London, W1A 2BS)
  • the applicant must have Public Liability Insurance to work on the public highway. The cover value of this should be a minimum of £5,000,000 per incident, with an unlimited number of incidents and shall be liable for and shall indemnify the Council against all actions in law or in equity damages, statutory or common law losses, costs, charges, fees, claims and damages in consequence of the transportation, erection, dismantling and/or use of the plant whether by means of defect (latent or otherwise) in the said plant or for any other reason whatsoever
  • the applicant shall note that the council may, if it thinks fit and reasonable to do so, terminate this consent without notice. At such a time all operations and plant shall be dismantled and removed from the highway without delay
  • any damage of any kind whatsoever which may be caused to the public highway as a result of the works at the location described, and hereby undertake to pay Middlesbrough Council the total cost of any repairs to the public highway as may be deemed necessary by the Relevant Officer
  • the signing and guarding of the works shall be in strict compliance as contained in the Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 8 (Traffic Safety Measures and Signs for Road Works and Temporary Situations). The applicant shall take all steps to ensure safety of the public and shall comply with all reasonable requests made by the council and all other authorised persons