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Tower crane oversail licence

Any crane which is to oversail the highway will require a tower crane oversail licence. You'll need to submit an application to the council prior to the crane's use at that location.


Download the tower crane oversail licence application form.

View a full schedule of charges for highway licences.


You're required to adhere to the following guidance notes:

  1. Insurance: The Licensee should ensure that they are in possession of a valid Public Liability Insurance policy to the value of £5,000,000.
  2. Indemnity/liability: The Licensee shall indemnify and hold harmless the council against all liability, claims and demands whatsoever in connection with or arising out of the erection, maintenance, existence and/or removal of the hoarding, scaffolding, platform, handrail, etc., referred to.
  3. Works: Before or immediately following the removal of any hoarding, scaffolding, fencing, platforms, handrail, etc., the Licensee shall level and make safe the surface of the public highway, and shall indemnify and hold harmless the council against all liability, claims and demands whatsoever in the event of an accident, occurrence, subsidence or sinking of the surface of the public way, or the execution or non-execution of any work, or anything whatsoever arising there at. All hoards, scaffolds, fencing, platforms, handrails, etc., to be erected and maintained to the satisfaction of the Engineer and his approval endorsed upon the licence.

Submitting an application

Application forms should be submitted to: Transport and Infrastructure, PO Box 504, Civic Centre, Middlesbrough, TS1 9FY, or by email to

If you need advice about a tower crane oversail licence, please call 01642 728156.

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