You need permission from the council to put some equipment or apparatus connected with digging into a public road on the street.

You can do emergency work without a licence but you must tell the council within 2 hours of starting work.

The New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA) requires highway authorities to use their best endeavours to co-ordinate works of all kinds, including local authority works.

The objectives of the co-ordination process are to:

  • Ensure the works are carried out in the interests of safety
  • Minimise disruption to the swift movement of traffic on the Council's road network
  • To minimise the inconvenience to persons using the street, having regard in particular to the needs of people with a disability
  • To protect the structure of the street and the integrity of the apparatus in it

Successful co-ordination requires accurate and timely information / notices, along with good communication between street authorities and undertakers.

Non-statutory undertakers are required to complete a Section 50 license application before any works are allowed to commence on the highway.

How much will it cost?


Section 50 / Street Works Licence Fees

 Licence Type  Licence Fee
 Valid for the agreed works duration
 Works undertaken on the public highway not involving the
 installation of apparatus under the highway (eg: construction
 of a new vehicular crossing or minor alterations to the fabric
 of the highway)
 Works undertaken on the public highway that involves the
 installation of underground apparatus (eg: sewer connections
 or multi-utility works etc.)
 Works undertaken to install/erect structures on the public
 highway (eg: telecommunication masts or similar)

 Installation of traffic management arrangements on the public
 highway to facilitate works off the highway.

How do I apply?

You can download an application form

If you need any more information or advice about highway licences, or help in completing your application please contact us.

Street Works Team

Bolton Council

Paderborn House

16 Howell Croft North



Telephone 01204 336440
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