A permit is required for placing storage containers, cherrypickers, Mobile Elevating Working Platforms (MEWPs) and cranes on any part of an adopted road.

This is to ensure that they are not causing disruption to traffic, are sited in a safe position, and are properly marked and lighted. They must not be placed on pavements or grass verges.

Persons who hire storage containers, cherrypickers, MEWPs and cranes are advised to confirm with their hire company that a permit has been obtained.


Storage containers

(up to 6m x 2.4 m)

  • £75 for up to 28 days
  • £37.50 for a further 28 days

(between 6m x 2.4 m and 12m x 2.4 m)

  • £150 for up to 28 days 
  • £75 for a further 28 days

Cherrypickers and MEWPs

  • £75 per day or part day


  • Fees are available on application

An additional fee of £25 on top of the above will apply if the council discovers a storage container, cherrypicker, MEWP or crane on the street without a permit.


Apply for a permit

Before applying for a cherrypicker or crane permit, applicants must provide a traffic management plan that has been approved, for transporting and siting the equipment. Please contact traffic management on traffic.co-ord@wirral.gov.uk.

Processing and timescales

We will aim to deal with requests within 28 working days. 


The same rules and regulations for placing a storage container on the road apply to cherrypickers, MEWPs and cranes.

Failure to follow the rules and regulations may result in enforcement action. This could be the application of a retrospective fee, court prosecution, or removal of the storage container, cherrypicker, MEWP or crane.

Report a problem

Let us know if you have any concerns about storage containers, cherrypickers, MEWPs or cranes in Wirral.

Report a concern

In emergency cases, please contact Merseyside Police on 0151 709 6010 and ask for the Wirral police control room.