Manchester City Council

Projecting over/under the highway

  1. Summary

    Structures such as a canopy or balcony of a building, which oversail the highway on a permanent basis must be licensed. Structures that also extend under the highway such as basements also need to be licensed. 

    Only apply for a projecting over/under the highway permit from us if the location fails within Manchester City Council check which council. 

  2. Fees

    £327

    The fee is a one off charge for the issue of a permit, if a licensed structure is renewed or replaced a new permit is required. 

    Once your application has been made, this is then referred to our legal department for processing which may take up to six weeks.

     

  3. Application, guidance notes or terms and condition

    View the terms & conditions

  4. Attachments required

    Plans and drawings as follows:

    • Detailed scaled plans of the proposed structure;
    • Copy of an Ordnance Survey Site Plan; and
    • Copy of detailed scaled plans (1:1250 or 1:500 preferable) showing the exact location and dimension of the proposed area of highway affected, and indicating any private forecourt. The building line must be shown, the width of the footway and the centreline of the carriageway (if applicable) together with any fixed highway furniture, e.g. lamp posts, railings, planter, manholes/inspection chambers etc.

    Proof that the works are permitted development, namely:

    • The decision letter or an appeal inspector’s notice in response to an application/appeal under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 for permission to develop; and
    • A plan listed in that letter or notice which shows the proposed oversail.
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  5. Processing and timescales

    Once your completed application has been received, we will contact you within 5 working days, should any additional information be required. 

    Your application will then be referred to our legal department for processing which may take up to six weeks.

  6. Legislation

    Section 177 of the Highways Act 1980

  7. Validity and renewals

    The issue of a permit is for a specific oversailing structure. If a licensed structure is renewed or replaced a new permit is required.

  8. Complaints

    Contact Highways in the first instance

  9. Email

    highwayapplications@manchester.gov.uk

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