Scaffolding for Swansea

What happens if the scaffolding I require is on public property?

The Scaffolders in Swansea we have, prioritise the safety of all pedestrians. But what happens if the scaffolding I require is on public property? Then this is demanded even further by our team when erecting any scaffolding on a property adjacent to a public road, pavement, or walkway. Basically, it is accomplished by erecting a hoarding at ground level or constructing a higher elevation platform to serve as a safe zone.

Licensing and permit requirements

Do you have any construction, maintenance, or removal of any part of a property that will need scaffolding on the road or public property? Then that will require the acquisition of an appropriate licence before beginning work. You must get permission from Swansea Council before erecting a scaffold or other structure. If you do, you could face a fixed penalty of up to £150 or prosecution. Under Section 169 of the Highways Act 1980, a scaffold licence is required to erect scaffolding on the highway or public property. It will be necessary for the authority to verify that specific safety requirements are met before issuing a permit – for example, adequate lighting of the scaffold. Only qualified contractors with the appropriate street work supervisor and operative’s card are allowed to erect scaffolding on public roads. In addition, £5 million in general liability insurance is required.

Understanding permit procedures

Numerous local governments will require you to obtain a permit before erecting a scaffold in specific areas (usually public places). Want to learn more about the scaffolding permit requirements in your area? Then contact your local government’s planning or environmental health departments. Typically, there is a small fee associated with each permit application. Also, it may be possible to register your business with a scaffolding registry. So this will allow you to submit permit applications over the phone or even online. But then usually, there is another additional small annual registration fee.

An image of two people shaking hands after getting a permit which is what is required because the scaffolding is on public property

Application process and design considerations

With the application, it is recommended that you include a design of the proposed site. Before submitting your form, you should consult with our team of scaffolders in Swansea for advice if necessary. But you could just have us do the whole thing for you. Either way, the form can be completed by either a contractor or a resident. The application must include the required public liability insurance information, which must be provided at submission.

Standard and bespoke design solutions

The majority of scaffolding around residential properties will adhere to a well-established and standard design. Supported scaffolding is constructed from the foundation up to the set design. However, what if it is not possible to use a straightforward standard configuration? Then a scaffolder or contractor must create a bespoke design. This is to ensure that the structure’s strength, rigidity, and stability are maintained throughout the construction, use, and dismantling process.

Prioritising health and safety

Health and safety regulations for scaffolding must always be followed because of the potential dangers involved. Therefore all our Swansea scaffolders receive proper training. This is if they’re involved in erecting, altering, and removing scaffolds to meet health and safety obligations.