Steel Hoarding – What are the Rules & Regulations

Steel hoarding is a common sight to see on construction sites and events where there is a need to secure a specific area. However, not many people are aware of the rules and regulations surrounding the installation and maintenance of steel hoarding.

In this blog post, we will explain some of the policies and procedures that govern the use of steel hoarding.

Planning Permission

Depending on the type of site you’re working on, installing steel hoarding may require planning permission. This can all depend on factors such as the size, location, and purpose of the hoarding. If this is the case, you will want to ensure that before erecting steel hoarding, you’ve obtained the correct planning permission from the local authority.

Planning permission ensures that the hoarding is installed safely and does not pose any risks to the public. Failure to obtain planning permission can result in hefty fines or the hoarding being removed. One way to ensure that the hoarding you are installing is done correctly and to the right permissions, is through a fully insured Multisite Hoarding company, like Rethync.

Health and Safety

The Health and Safety at Work Act and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations require that all construction sites are safe for workers and the public. The installation of steel hoarding on a building/construction site ensures that the safety to public and workers is maintained. The hoarding must be stable and secure, with no sharp edges or protrusions that could cause injury.

Fire Safety

Steel hoarding must be fire-resistant and must comply with the relevant fire safety regulations. The hoarding must not obstruct any fire exits or emergency access routes, and it should be located at a safe distance from any potential sources of ignition.

By having steel hoarding installed, rather than timber, you’re maximising the safety of your site. Once more, using a fully insured and reputable construction site hoarding company, like Rethync, will provide peace of mind that the installation is done correctly and to regulatory standards.

Access and Egress

The hoarding must be installed in a way that allows safe access and egress for workers and the public. This means that there should be no obstructions or uneven surfaces around the hoarding, and any gates or doors must be securely locked when not in use.

If a surface is uneven, a different way of installing steel hoarding can be achieved, through in-ground and on-ground hoarding line set-up. This is typically common for undulated ground.


Steel hoarding must be regularly maintained to ensure that it remains safe and secure. Any damage or defects must be repaired immediately, and the hoarding must be inspected regularly.

Most steel hoarding has a 10-year lifespan, meaning it can be re-used again and again. You’ll therefore want to ensure you are obtaining your steel hoarding from a trusted supplier, like Rethync, who will ensure that your hoarding is fit-for-purpose over the years.

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