Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Proposed street works permit scheme

Stockton on Tees Borough Council is currently undertaking a statutory twelve week consultation in relation to the proposed implementation of a permit scheme to manage street and roadworks on its highway network. The consultation began on 12th August 2019 and will conclude on 1st November 2019.  

Please find a link to the following documents:

Together with other councils in the North East, we received a letter from the Secretary of State for Transport in July 2018. This letter asked us to introduce a permit scheme for street works activities.

The main reason behind the request is that it will give the Council greater control over works on our highway network. Along with our regional colleagues, we intend to introduce a permit scheme, which is already in progress.

An efficient road network is an important element of the council's vision of making Stockton-on-Tees a place where everyone thrives. It is fundamental to the borough's economy, enabling businesses to deliver goods and services.

Roadworks can cause significant disruption to the smooth running of the network. This includes by utility companies, developers and maintenance work by the authority. Whilst this may be necessary work, it is important that it is managed as effectively as possible.

There is currently a system in place whereby works promoters give notice to the authority to carry out works on the highway. Promoters are statutory undertakers, such as gas, electricity, water and telecommunications providers.

But, as long as the required notice periods are adhered to, the Council has very little control over the timing or duration of those works.

Under the proposed permit scheme,promoters will have to book time on the highway network by applying for a permit before carrying out any works. Special arrangements will apply in respect of emergency works.

Similar schemes have already been implemented by most other local authorities. The Government considers these to be a success. A permit scheme will allow us to manage and coordinate essential roadworks. In particular, it will aim to:

  • Increase the efficient running of the highway network
  • Protect the structure of the street and the apparatus belonging to utility companies and others within it
  • Improve the safety of those using the street and those working on activities that fall within the scheme
  • Ensure that better and more accurate information is available for road users about work on the highway

More information and scheme documentation will be available as the scheme progresses.

In addition, national statutory guidance for all permit schemes in England can be found on GOV.UK.

If you have any queries, please email the street works team on [email protected]