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Only individuals with the correct statutory powers or those with an authorised licence can excavate the public highway. As we are both the Street and Highway Authority, we can authorise a private individual to excavate within a public highway by means of issuing an applicable licence.
Under the Highways Act 1980 Sections 171 & 184, you will need a licence to open up the public highway, if you are working in the:
This licence can be used for temporary minor excavations such as:
To obtain a licence, please complete a Road Opening Permit and return to the address on the form.
An S50 licence authorises private individuals and contractors to lay new apparatus or maintain existing apparatus in the adopted highway.
Please note that any apparatus placed under the highway surface or on the highway surface requires a Section 50 Licence, under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991.
The cost of both licences is based on the duration of the works:
This application will take 10 working days to process and you will be required to have a site meeting with the Street Works Inspector before any works commence on site.
To obtain a licence, please complete a Section 50 Licence application and return to the address on the form.
Under Section 171 of the Highway Act 1980, a permit is required to site a crane, hydraulic platform or welfare unit on the public highway.
The charge to site a crane or hydraulic platform is £160 per seven days.
The charge to site a welfare unit/cabinet is £160 for the first 28 days; any additional weeks will be charged at £40.
This application will take seven working days to process and you will be required to have a site meeting with the Street Works Inspector before any works begin on site.
You will need to complete an application to site a crane or hydraulic platform on the public highway and return to the address on the form.
Any scaffold or hoarding that encroaches or projects onto the highway (road, footpath, grass verge etc) must obtain a permit before the scaffold or hoarding is erected on the highway.
Scaffold permits will only be considered if the applicant has agreed to the HSE Protocol and is on our select list.
The charge for a permit is £150 for the first 28 days, then £100 for every additional 28-day period, which will be invoiced in due course.
We require three days' advance notice of the commencement of works as a site meeting will be required with our Street Works Inspector.
You will need to complete a Scaffold and Hoarding Application Form and return to the address on the form.
To put a builder's skip on a public road, you will need to obtain a permit from us.
Individuals cannot apply for a skip permit. You will need to contact a registered skip operator to do this on your behalf.
The skip operator will need to complete a skip application form.
There may be conditions attached to the permit including:
Skip permits are priced at £25 for seven days and £25 for every subsequent seven-day period.
If you have a complaint about a skip on the highway, please contact our Contact Centre and telephone 01744 676789.
In accordance with the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, Section 14 & 15 as amended by the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991 and the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Procedure Regulations 1992, anyone wishing to impose a temporary closure or restriction must apply for a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order/Notice.
This permits a restriction to be in place for anything up to 18 months on the highway and six months on a public right of way. This applicable for planned works on the highway which are planned to take longer than five consecutive days.
The charge for a TTRO is £2,100.
This is to facilitate urgent non-planned works where the council considers an early start on site would be beneficial it would be inappropriate to complete the process involved in preparing an 18-month TTRO or for works of a minor nature on minor roads. The maximum duration of this notice is five days.
The charge for a notice is £950.
This is to facilitate emergency works only where there is a likelihood of danger to the public, or serious damage to the road. The maximum duration of this notice is 21 days.
The charge for a notice is £950.
The application will take six weeks to process for a TTRO and two weeks for a TTRN with a five-day duration. A street works permit will be required; statutory undertakers will need to submit this via EToN and non-statutory undertakers will also need to complete a Highway Notice application.
You will need to complete an application for a temporary road closure or restriction and return the form to email@example.com.
Please ensure you have fully read and understand the temporary road closure guidance notes before completing the form.
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