Permit scheme for utility companies

The permit scheme lets us manage and coordinate essential roadworks more effectively to minimise disruption to users and to the road network generally.

It benefits residents, businesses and visitors by:

  • reducing delays and therefore less disruption to economic activity
  • improving reliability of journey times, especially by public transport
  • improving communication about the purpose and duration of works
  • reducing roadworks by 5% to 10%
  • reducing congestion, which will reduce vehicle emissions


These are the fees for the scheme (PDF 79.1KB) .

What has changed?

Currently, statutory undertakers, primarily Utility companies have rights to dig up and place their apparatus in the street subject to compliance with the notification requirements in the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA).

Part 3 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 and associated Regulations (2007) give councils the power to establish a new Permit Authority and operate a Permit Scheme requiring statutory undertakers (and Highway and Transport Authorities) to apply for a Permit before carrying out these works.

Background information