Road Occupation for Building Work Licence

Let’s face it, nobody likes roadworks, however, if you need to dig up a road, or put anything on a road in connection with building work, then you will need a road occupation for building work licence.

LICENCE Name

Road Occupation for Building Work Licence

AUTHORITY

Local council

TIME TO GET LICENCED 28 days (varies depending on local authority)
COST £80.00
VALID FOR 1 month
ELIGIBILITY
QUALIFICATION(S) NEEDED
STEPS TO GET LICENSED
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Application for Road Occupation for Building Work Licence

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Applications to be made via local council
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What is a Road Occupation for Building Work Licence?

If you wish to temporarily dig up a road as part of planned roadworks, deposit building materials, scaffolding, temporary hoardings, rubbish or other items on a road you must hold a road occupation for building work licence.

Once a road occupation for building work licence is obtained, licence holders must comply with any conditions attached to a consent and comply with requirements relating to the fencing off and lighting of deposits or road works.

The term 'Road' includes the carriageway, footway or verges of any road and includes public footpaths and cycle tracks.

How to apply for a road occupation for building work licence

Road occupation for building work licence applications must be made via your local council. You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.

How to apply for a road occupation for building work licence (Scotland)

For applicants based in Scotland, road occupation for building work licence applications must be made via your local council. You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.

Under Section 58 of the Roads (Scotland Act) 1984, it is an offence to carry out the above works without the permission of the Roads Authority.

Fines and penalties

If you don’t obey the conditions in the road occupation for building work licence, or you don’t properly fence or light the hole or obstruction you can be fined £10 a day. This will be ongoing until a road occupation for building work licence is obtained.

Your council may also take the action in filling in holes made on the road, or remove your materials, and charge you for this.

You may also be prosecuted under other laws.

FAQs

A road occupation for building work licence lasts for approximately 1 month. However, this may vary depending on local council.
If the period exceeds one month, you will need to apply for a new road occupation for building work licence. If an extension is required, but still falls within one month of the expected road works date, you will not need to pay a further fee.