How to apply for a road occupation or road works permit
You must get a permit from the Council if you want to carry out work in or occupy a public street. If you do not get a permit, your illegal roadworks can be prevented by us. To get a permit, you or your agent must employ an Approved Contractor.
In addition, before you apply, you must make a Plant Information Request of the site in which you plan to commence roadworks, to check if there is any utility company or other private apparatus under the road.
If you apply for a road occupation permit you are legally obligated to take into account statutory notice periods. Our statutory guidance page tells you about the likely timescales needed to process applications, as well as your notification duties after your permit is granted.
Charges will depend on the type of permit you have applied for and the length of time you will need to do your work. Full details of charges are included within each relevant application pack.
We have a graph (PDF 103Kb) of the process available for download.
Further explanation and greater detail is provided in the Complete Guide to Private Road Works (PDF 3.1Mb)
Download road occupation permit guidance/application packs:
- Place a skip on a public road (Section 85)
- Excavate in the road or pavement (Section 56)
- Excavate the pavement to create an access way (Section 56)
- Excavate in the road to install, remove or maintain utility apparatus and other services (Section 109)
- Put up scaffolding (Section 58)
- Occupy the road to place site huts, storage containers, cabins, other materials or contractors plant, in connection with building works (Section 58)
- Close a Section of the Public Road for an event or essential roadworks