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Report an obstruction

It is an offence to obstruct the public road, including footways, core paths and rights of way. This includes keeping pavements clear for use by people who are disabled.

People wanting to do something that will obstruct a road or pavement (for example using a skip or erecting scaffolding) must apply for a permit.

If the road or pavement is being obstructed by a dangerously parked vehicle, please report the vehicle to the police. For other obstructions, please contact CLARENCE (Customer Lighting and Roads Enquiry Centre) on 0800 23 23 23 or email

Examples of obstruction

  • a skip or scaffolding is obstructing the pavement
  • no barriers around streetworks/roadworks and building work is affecting pedestrian safety
  • building materials are blocking the pavement
  • an advertising board is blocking the pavement
  • banners or bunting is causing an obstruction
  • someone has deliberately blocked a path by erecting a fence
  • on some routes padlocking a gate can constitute an obstruction

Roads and pavements can become obstructed by overgrown hedges or trees, which are the responsibility of the owner to cut back.

There needs to be a 2.4 metres vertical clearance above the surface of the footway.

Vegetation should be kept clear of streetlights. It is fine if the vegetation is above the streetlight.

Contact details


Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 0800 23 23 23