Street works licence

Statutory undertakers, gas, electric, water and telecommunications, have a right to open any part of the highway (subject to due notification to the Highway Authority) in order to install or maintain their equipment in publicly maintainable highway.

This right to excavate the highway can be extended to any private individual, developer or contractor on application to the Highway Authority for a Street Works Licence, which grants temporary authority to excavate the highway during the duration of those works.

Applicants must give a total of 21 days notification to the Local Authority to commence planned works up to and including a 10 day duration. Major works that involve either a road closure or planned works of a duration of 11 days or more must give 3 month notification to the local Authority. This is the legal amount of time required by Warwickshire County Council as per TMA guidelines. If works are deemed to be Emergency repair works must be evidenced by Warwickshire County Council to allow works to go ahead within 24 hours and must be agreed beforehand. The 21 day period incorporates 7 days admin and 14 for utility searches.

We cannot grant tacit consent as there are statutory time limits to be adhered to in issuing of licences.

The fees for new works: £665 for up to 200m length on new apparatus, £110 per additional 200m or Road. Repairs onto existing apparatus is £380 – all Fees are 0% VAT

All street works licences granted are subject to the legislation requirements of the New Roads and Street Works 1991 and its associate codes of practice.

Failure to apply for a licence before starting any works, is an offence under the Highways Act and the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991. Any breach of this requirement may result in prosecution with the full recovery of all costs involved and removal of any equipment installed during those works.

All applications are required for you to discuss with streetworks 01926 736539 and you cannot commence any works until you have been granted a licence from streetworks.

The processing and granting of your approval may take some time but we will acknowledge receipt of your application within five working days. If you have not heard from us within 7 working days, please contact us using the contact details shown.

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