Road and pavement licences

Private street works

Public utilities have a right to excavate the highway by central government permission. Other companies must apply for a private street works licence as required under Section 50 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA).

Any company without the rights of utilities can apply for a street works licence to prove its aptitude to safely undertake works on the highway.

How to apply


For the guidance notes and application form.

Or, if your excavation will be over 10 metres in length.

What happens next?

We will contact you to discuss and progress your application. Once your application is approved you will be asked to make your payment.  When you have paid your licence will be issued.  No work can commence until you have the licence.


The fee is £721.

Make a payment

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