Licence for street works (aka section 50 licence)

Any person or organisation wishing to excavate in the public highway not being a statutory undertaker must obtain a licence under section 50 of the New Roads and Streetworks Act 1991.

A person granted a street works licence becomes an undertaker for the purposes of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and thus attracts the relevant duties and responsibilities imposed by the Act and associated Secondary Legislation and Codes of Practice.   

Financial penalties will be imposed by the Street Authority against the licence holder for non-compliance with the relevant statutory duties or licence conditions. Applicants should note that this liability cannot be delegated to any other person or organisation.  

Copies of the New Roads & Street Works Act 1991 can be purchased from Her Majesty's Stationery Office. 

A downloadable application form and guidance notes can be accessed on the right side of this page

For further information, please contact us: 


tel: 01302 736000

Last updated: 18 December 2019 12:05:11