Road opening licence (excavations etc)

Road works licence

Any private contractors who want to carry out roadwork excavations in the highway must apply for and be granted a licence before work starts. The ‘highway’ includes carriageway, footway and verge.

Carrying out such work without a licence is an offence and may result in prosecution.

Licences are needed in order to lay new or maintain existing apparatus – for example pipes or cables.

Licences are issued for such works as sewer connections, private water supplies, trial holes and boundary wall foundations etc. under the New Roads and Street Works Act section 50, or Highways Act section 171.

If you have not heard from us within 28 calendar days of submitting your request, please contact us.

Appeals

If you’re unhappy with our decision, please contact us to discuss it.

Registers

View public register of licences

Any complaints about the location or safety of roadworks should be reported as soon as possible using the contact details on this page. One of our inspectors will go to the site to assess the safety of the site and take any necessary action.

Application forms

Apply online using the links below.  The links take you to another government website.

Apply for a permit to occupy the road in connection with building work

Apply to change a permit to occupy the road in connection with building work

Apply to extend a permit to occupy the road in connection with building work

You can also get an application pack from us using the contact details on this page. Please complete the form and return it with the fee to the area licensing office.

You will be charged a fee for this licence.

Licence fees and charges

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