Street works licence (Section 50)
Anyone (excluding statutory undertakers) planning to excavate highway land to install and/or maintain apparatus needs a Section 50 licence.
Installing new apparatus:
- New Apparatus (for first 200 metres): £851
- Each additional 200m: £326.85
Works on existing apparatus:
- Existing Apparatus (existing licence holders only): £485.07
Check the highway is an adopted road and before applying.
Download the Section 50 licence application form (PDF, 651KB) to apply. The application form gives the notice periods needed for a Section 50 licence.
Pay for a Section 50 licence application
If you have any problems when applying, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If your application is accepted, your licence will be emailed to you.
We might ask you to meet specific conditions relating to your works and the location you are working at. In some situations, we may ask for a site visit to talk about your works.
If you need any traffic management, for example multiphase signals, lane closure or road closure, this application must be submitted with your Section 50 application. There may be delays in processing your licence if you have not applied for the correct traffic management applications.
Your application will be approved if you meet all of the conditions of the Section 50 licence (PDF, 164KB). You must comply with all relevant health and safety legislation and codes of practice including the Safety at Street Works and Road Works Code of Practice and Section 50 of New Roads and Street Works Act 1991.
If you do not comply with any of the above regulations, your licence could be withdrawn and you may be fined for any breaches.
Once works have been completed, all signage must be removed, and any rubbish must be cleared from the highway. If we have to dispose of any apparatus/rubbish left on site, you will be charged a fee.
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Page last reviewed: 26 January 2024
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