Street Works Licence

While roadworks may cause disruptions and be a nuisance, they are necessary for maintaining efficient and safe public highways. However, to put roadwork equipment onto a road, you will need a licence first.


Street Works Licence


Local Council

COST £200
ELIGIBILITY 18+ years, right to work in UK

Documentation requirements

Opening notice
Method statement
Risk Assessment
Plans of plant
Public liability policy
Traffic Management plan
Closing notice

Application for Street Works Licence

Applications to be made via local council
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What is the street works licence?

You need permission from your local council to put some equipment connected with digging into a public road on the street, this is in the form of a street works licence.


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A street works licence is required under Section 50 of the New Roads and Street Works and ensures that individuals comply with legal obligations and work safely and efficiently to minimise disruption.

Digging machinery is also referred to as an apparatus.



What is an apparatus?

An apparatus is technical equipment or machinery needed for a particular activity or purpose, in this instance, the machinery is used with digging into a public road on the street.



How to apply for a street work licence?

Street 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.




A street works licence is required for members of the public or businesses to undertake works that involve digging up or altering a pavement or road.
No. If you put roadwork equipment onto a road without a licence, you could be fined up to £5,000.
An application for a street works licence should be applied at least 2 weeks in advance before works begin, however, different local councils may have alternative application processing times.
In some instances, a street works licence may not be required, these persons are known as statutory undertakers because they have a "statutory right" by the central government to excavate in any public highway under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991. Some statutory undertakers include BT, Transco and Thames Water.

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