Highway projection licence
What is a "highway projection"?
A highways projection is considered to be any item which
protrudes over the highway from an adjoining building; for example,
a canopy or awning, CCTV equipment, shop sign, or a building
Can anyone erect a projection?
Any object which protrudes over the highway (including the
footway) must have the prior approval of the Highway Authority and,
in certain instances, may also require planning approval. If the
projection is classed as significant, for example, a canopy or
building overhang, a licence under the Highways Act 1980 may be
What restrictions are there on "highways projections"?
Projections from buildings are usually permitted, subject to
certain conditions, and officers will advise further on receipt of
Can these restrictions be altered?
The Council may alter these specifications but only in
What happens if the highway/pavement is altered after
permission is granted?
If circumstances change, the Council may wish to review the
situation and, in certain cases, may have to withdraw its
permission for a projection. However, this will be done by
agreement wherever possible and the Council will endeavour to give
three months notice.
What happens if I erect a projection without permission?
The Council may take enforcement action against anyone who
erects a highway projection without prior permission and
prosecution may also be considered.
How do I apply for permission?
You can complete the section 177 request form
(word 29kb) or contact the Highway Development Control team.
Last Updated on 2/10/2012