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Apply for a licence to put up festive lighting over the highway

Apply for a licence to put up festive lighting over the highway

How much the licence costs and how to apply.

To put up festive lights, such as Christmas lights, over a highway you’ll need to apply for a section 178 licence.

Cost of a section 178 licence

These costs include the preparation and implementation of the licence and its legal and engineering aspects.

  • New festive lighting proposals: £2228 plus VAT 
  • Renewing a festive lighting scheme: £1114 plus VAT

If you’re renewing a festive lighting scheme:

The scheme must have been previously approved by us, and is subject this being fully checked and approved by our engineers

The cost may increase depending if the lighting scheme has changed since its original approval, and how much it’s been changed by. 

Apply for a section 178 licence 

To apply you must: 

Section 178 appendices 

Complete and return with your application any of the required appendix documents.