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Private works on the public highway


The public highway generally consists of the road surface (the carriageway), pavement (the footway) and grassed areas (the verge). Works on our highways are undertaken by ourselves, utility companies or other private companies. These works may include:

  • private apparatus in or over the highway (Section 177 or 178 licence)
  • road opening permits (Section 50 licence)

Do you need permission?

Yes, a highway licence is required to work in the highway and the work must be carried out by a contractor, who is street works accredited and has a public liability insurance of £5m.

Section 177 licences

A Section 177 licence allows individuals or contractors to construct a building or projection in to or over the public highway (i.e. a structure, balcony or canopy etc).

Please note, planning permission may also be required. Please check with our Planning department.

To apply you must complete the Section 177 licence application .

Section 178 licences

A Section 178 licence allows individuals or contractors to install an overhead beam, rail, pipe, cable and wires over, along or across the public highway.

Please note, planning permission may also be required. Please check with our Planning department.

To apply you must complete the Section 178 licence application .

Section 50 licences

A Section 50 licence allows individuals or contractors to lay new private apparatus or maintain existing private apparatus in the highway (i.e. sewer connection, cables or pipes etc).

To apply you must complete the Section 50 licence application .

Will you need portable traffic signals?

This will depend on the type and location of works. It is advised that you consult an accredited traffic management company who will be able to advise you if portable control signals are required.

To apply to place portable traffic signals in the public highway, please complete our Application for a temporary traffic restriction  form.


Related content

Roadworks information for utility companies

Related websites

Roadworks.org

Legislation.gov.uk

Contact details

Highways Licences, New Oxford House, 2 George Street, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HB

Email: highwaylicences@nelincs.gov.uk

Telephone: 01472 324528