Streetworks Permit Scheme

The Council, as a highway authority, has a regulatory duty to manage and control the increasing demand on the road network from both road users and those individuals and organisations who need to maintain the roads and essential services located underneath or on the road itself. The Traffic Management Act (2004) established the Council’s regulatory duty to manage this network, and Part 3 of the Act allows for a Council to operate a permit scheme via a legal Order to deliver this duty.

What is a Streetworks Permit Scheme?

Under a Permit Scheme, any individual or organisation intending to carry out permissible works on the road must make an application to the Council for a permit. The Council has the power to grant or refuse a permit, as well as apply conditions to the permit in relation to how and when work can be carried out. The Permit Scheme will start on 1 April 2020 via a legal Order.  

Objectives of the Permit Scheme

The permit scheme will help to ensure all work on or below roads are planned and coordinated to minimise disruption. As part of the Council's network management strategy, more effective control of road works will help the Council achieve:

  • improved journey times and reliability for all road users
  • reduced congestion caused by road works
  • improved information available on works, including advanced warning and duration
  • improved safety for those undertaking works and travelling through works
  • reduced damage caused to the road.

Further Information

A copy of the permit scheme and associated reference documents are available to download:

For more information on the permit scheme or related processes please email

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