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Pit lane licence

A pit lane licence permits loading vehicles to stop on the highway to load or unload.

Please note, a pit lane licence cannot be used for parking vehicles and a maximum time limit will be set for loading and unloading at any one time.  

How to apply 

You must apply at least ten working days in advance, to allow enough time for Islington Council to process the licence and ensure the co-ordination of works. Please make sure you enclose the correct documentation as incorrect documentation could delay the process.

To apply, you will need to complete the online application form. As part of the application, you must provide:

  • A drawing of the exact location of area to be occupied
  • A complete description and extent of works to be carried out on site
  • A traffic management plan where traffic flow is affected during use of pit lane whilst in operation
  • Pedestrian management plan where pedestrians may be affected during use of pit lane whilst in operation

If you will need to suspend parking, you must apply for this separately. Email

If the pit lane is to be sited in the vicinity of lighting equipment or a lamp column with a 4G cell unit you must contact the street lighting team on 020 7527 2844 or to discuss relocation of the lighting equipment. You will be asked to pay a deposit to cover the costs of any damages caused to the lighting equipment that may occur during works.    

Fees and payment

Deposits and fees are payable per street. The deposit is calculated at £100 per metre squared of the enclosed area. A deposit is held to cover the costs of any damage caused to the highways that may occur during works.  

The total deposit value determines the management fee.

Deposit and fees

Deposit value

Management fee

£750 or less (level 1)


£751 - £1,500 (level 2)


£1501- £3000 (level 3)


£3,001 - £6,000 (level 4)


£6,001 or more (level 5)

Fee is 40% of the deposit

You do not need to pay as part of the application form. If your application is approved, we will be in touch by email with payment instructions.

Licences are granted for up to a three-month period. You will need to apply for an extension and pay a fee if you wish to extend the licence.

The licence fee is payable if you apply and later cancel, if officers have inspected the site location. 

Apply for a pit lane licence

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