Does Scaffolding need planning permission

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Here at RG Scaffolding, we love Christmas and As it leads towards the Holiday season, the great city of Edinburgh is preparing for its magical spectacular tradition, the Christmas Market. We know many people from the Solihull and Birmingham area like to head up North to the Scottish capital, however, the council has learnt that there have been some issues regarding planning permission while erecting some scaffolding.

Planning permission was supposed to be sorted out, but after an independent company received a crucial email of objection, it was pointed out that the scaffold was put up without any scrutiny from councillors and the council’s director of place, Paul Lawrence.

Why do we need Planning Permission for Scaffolding?

If your builder or scaffolder needs to put up scaffolding within the boundary of your property there is no need for a licence. However, if any part of the scaffolding needs to go on the pavement or the road outside your property your builder or scaffolder must get a licence from your local council. It is up to them to obtain the licence, but it is your responsibility to check that they have the appropriate paperwork.

If there is a risk to the public, you must schedule scaffolding work for quiet times or get a highway closure from your local council. But, how about who’s responsible for Health and Safety? For work done on your home NOT in connection with any business, the builder, scaffolder or contractor who is using the scaffolding is responsible for maintaining safety on site.


However, the rules are different for individuals, partnerships or companies that have construction work carried out as part of their business. This includes property developers and companies managing domestic properties like landlords, rental agents or estate agents. RG Scaffolding Solihull near Birmingham state that their main responsibility is to make sure their project is suitably managed, ensuring the health and safety of anyone who might be affected by the work, including the general public.

Need Planning Permission? We can help you!

Don’t panic, here at RG Scaffolding we have got you covered. Whether you need planning permission for your project or you’re just unsure on the steps, we are the industry professionals and our support and practical team can help you through this headache of a stage. We have expertise in many areas of the scaffold industry, with particular expertise in areas around old and new house builds.  We can therefore be there for you throughout the planning application process and beyond, proactively advising on the particular quirks and pitfalls of planning your enthusiasms, hopes and goals as our number one priority.


What Scaffold Needs to be Fitted

Prior to the installation, the contractors will need to provide the relevant information about the scaffold such as, the type of scaffolding, maximum bay lengths and lift heights, platform boarding arrangements, etc. All scaffolding must be erected and dismantled in a safe manner. This is achieved by the following guidance provided by the NASC in a document which explains how to ‘prevent falls from scaffolding’. For scaffolds that fall outside the scope of a generally recognised standard configuration the design must be such that safe erection and dismantling techniques can also be employed throughout the duration of the works. To ensure stability for more complex scaffolds, drawings should be produced and, where necessary, these may need to be supplemented with specific instructions.

Supervision on Scaffolding

All employees should be competent for the type of scaffolding work they are undertaking and should have received appropriate training relevant to the type and complexity of scaffolding they are working on. Employers must provide appropriate levels of supervision taking into account the complexity of the work and the levels of training and competence of the scaffolders involved.

As a minimum requirement, every scaffold gang should contain a competent scaffolder who has received training for the type and complexity of the scaffold to be erected, altered or dismantled. Trainee scaffolders should always work under the direct supervision of a trained and competent scaffolder. Operatives are classed as ‘trainees’ until they have completed the approved training and assessment required to be deemed competent.

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