Permits and licences

9. Excavating the public highway (section 50)

If you want to excavate in the public highway (footway/carriageway/verge) and you're not working on behalf of a statutory undertaker, then you must get a Section 50 licence.

If the highway is a public right of way, you can use our online form to request a temporary traffic regulation order (TTRO).

How to apply

Application form

Application for Road Opening Licence - Section 50 - New Roads and Streetworks Act

PDF, 68 KB

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Supporting information

In order for your application to be processed, you must also provide:

  • plans of utility apparatus from: suppliers of electricity, water and gas, Virgin Media, Sewers and BT. These should be dated within the last month
  • proof of your Public Liability Insurance, for a minimum of £5 million
  • proof of Supervisors Streetworks accreditation and operatives confined space accreditation
  • Risk assessment and method statement (RAMS)
  • any applicable Traffic Management Plans
  • plans clearly showing the work area
  • the application number of any associated planning applications

Your application may be delayed if you do not send all the requested information.

You can then email the completed application and the requested documents to


The fee must be paid to the council before we'll issue the licence. This will be arranged once we receive your application.

Type 1 - £504 for works undertaken on the public highway not involving the installation or connection of apparatus under the highway

Type 2 - £689 for works undertaken on the public highway involving installation or connection of the underground apparatus

Type 3 - £1,850 for works undertaken to install or erect structures on the public highway