Cornwall Council Permit Scheme for Road works and Street works Consultation

Cornwall Council is responsible for a network of over 7,300km of roads across the county. The effective maintenance and management of that network is a key priority for the Council.

Part 3 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 and The Traffic Management Permit Scheme (England) Regulations 2007 gives local authorities powers to design and operate a permit scheme to improve the management of works in the street undertaken by highway authorities and utilities companies.

The Permit Scheme will require permission to be obtained for the majority of road and street works, whether they are undertaken by or on behalf of utility companies or us as a highway authority.

The Highway Authority will assess each Permit application and where neccessary apply conditions such as when and how the works can carried out.  By implementing the Permit Scheme the council will be able to coordinate and control works on the highway more effectively. 

Cornwall has a very unique layout and many features that require consideration when actively managing the network. The road network is under significant pressure on a daily basis but this is emphasised when there is an incident that directly reduces the capacity of the network. 

Taking into account the statutory duties that have been placed upon the permit authorities, the main objective of the Cornwall Council Permit Scheme is to improve the efficiency of the road network. The way to achieve this is through better planning, scheduling and management of activities whilst they are in progress.

The specific objectives for the Cornwall Council Permit Scheme are:

  • To increase the efficient running of the highway network by minimising the disruption and inconvenience caused by road works and other highway events and activities through proactive management of activities on the highway.

  • Minimise the disruption and inconvenience to people using the streets, paying particular attention to people with disability.

  • Protect the structure of the street and the integrity of the apparatus within it.

  • Ensure parity of treatment for all activity promoters particularly between statutory undertakers and highway authority works and activities.

  • Encourage collaborative activities between all activity promoters.
  • Enhance reliability of activities taking place at a particular time, especially on the strategic road network.

In accordance with Regulation 3 of the Traffic Management Permit Scheme (England) regulations, Cornwall Council are consulting with stakeholders and any other persons the authority consider appropriate.

Although the Permit scheme will primarily affect works promoters we are inviting responses from any individuals or associations who have an interest. 

The consultation will run for seven weeks starting on the 4 November 2019 and will end on the 20 December 2019.  All responses will be reviewed and considered, any changes made as a result of the consultation will be notified by the 20 January 2020.

It is proposed that the Cornwall Council  Permit Scheme comes into effect on the 1 March 2020. 

Please email your responses to and we kindly request that you clearly mark your email as Permit Scheme Consultation.