Section 50 licence - repairs to existing apparatus in the highway

Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.

If you wish to place or carry out repairs to existing apparatus in the highway,  then you need to obtain a licence.

This is a requirement under Section 50 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991. 

Your contractor: who you should choose

Your Accredited Contractor must hold £5 million Public Liability Insurance and have a qualified Street works Supervisor and Operative.

The accredited contractor list is a list of companies that we know hold the relevant qualifications and insurance. 

Guarantee of works

The guarantee period will last for 2 years for excavations up to 1.5m deep and 3 years for deeper ones.

Apply for a Section 50 licence

Please ensure that the application form is completed in full and that your contractor has filled in their part before submission. 

Apply for a Section 50 licence

A Section 50 licence requires 4 weeks lead in time to process. However, if a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order is required; such as a road closure this will increase to 3 months.

Please send a copy of your completed application form by 

Email to:

Post to:

Western Group Centre
Radnor Road

Cost of a section 50 licence 

  • Installation of new apparatus - £427
  • Repairs to existing apparatus - £243
  • Works over 200m in length - an additional £150 fee applies for each 200m section.

Please note that our licence fees are subject to review every April and licences submitted after April 1st will be subject to any new fees.

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