Apply for consent to place cables on or over the highway
Consent to lay, erect, or hang cables on or over the public highway
- What is it for
This consent grants permission to erect or hang cables on or over the public highway.
- Who can apply
Anyone can apply, but you must comply with the terms and conditions of the consent as listed below.
Consent will only be granted to the individual or firm making the application. It cannot be transferred to any other person or firm.
- Before you apply
When applying for consent to place cables over the highway it is a requirement that;
- The applicant shall hold £5 million public liability insurance
To enable us to process your application please upload the following documentation;
- A plan showing the precise location where the cables are to be erected.
- When the application is reviewed, if required, you may be asked to provide the following additional documentation;
- A risk assessment
- Signing and guarding proposals
Note: Failure to provide appropriate supporting documentation will delay the processing of your application.
Conditions of consent
Made under Section 178 of the Highways Act 1980
- The cable shall be placed so as to avoid undue obstruction and interference with users of the highway and at least 5.2m clear of the highest point of the public highway (including a publicly maintainable precinct, or similar) or 3.5m clear of the highest point of a footway or similar. Where a temporary cable is to be laid on the surface of the highway, a cable crossing protector must be used. ‘Ramp’ and ‘Ramp ahead’ signs must be used where the cable protector exceeds 15mm in height. The cable shall be placed so as to avoid undue obstruction and interference with users of the highway and at least 5.2m clear of the highest point of the public highway (including a publicly maintainable precinct, or similar) or 3.5m clear of the highest point of a footway or similar. Where a temporary cable is to be laid on the surface of the highway, a cable crossing protector must be used. ‘Ramp’ and ‘Ramp ahead’ signs must be used where the cable protector exceeds 15mm in height. As described in the Safety at Street Works and Road Works Code of Practice "Red Book"
- The cable shall be designed and erected and maintained with due regard to a comprehensive risk assessment. Such risk assessment shall take particular account of the erection/laying, maintenance and removal of the cable and the effect of and on all types of traffic that will pass under/over or nearby the cable. Proof of compliance with such may be required by the Highway Authority prior to granting the consent and at any point in the duration of the consent
- The erection/laying, removal and maintenance of any cable shall be undertaken outside of peak or traffic sensitive times and shall be signed and guarded at all times, in accordance with the requirements described in the Safety at Street Works and Road Works Code of Practice "Red Book" linked above. The Highway Authority may require signing and guarding proposals prior to the approval of the consent
- No part of the highway shall be excavated without obtaining the prior express and specific permission of the Highway Authority
- The applicant shall ensure that the cable does not cause a danger or nuisance to the public
- Except where agreed as part of this consent, no part of the highway may be closed at any time without the express and specific consent of the Highway Authority
- Any request for an extension to the period for which the consent has been granted must be made by submitting a further application to the Highway Authority at least 48 hours (excluding Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holidays) prior to the expiry of the existing consent
- The applicant shall indemnify the Highway Authority against all liability, loss, claim or proceeding whatsoever under the statute or common law, which may arise from the placing or maintaining of cables on or over the highway or removal therefrom
- The applicant shall hold public liability insurance for the duration of the consent in an amount not less than £5 million in respect of each and every occurrence or series of occurrences caused by or attributable to any event giving rise to a claim
- The applicant shall accept liability for any damage caused to the highway or street furniture by the cable or by the erection, removal or maintenance of the cable and any such damage shall be repaired to the satisfaction of the Highway Authority at the expense of the applicant
- Any alterations to cables shall cause the consent to be withdrawn unless the Highway Authority first agrees such alterations. Where such alterations are to be made the consent holder shall seek the consent of the Highway Authority in writing giving full details of the alterations proposed
- Nothing in this consent permits the applicant to interfere with or prevent or restrict access to apparatus owned, used or maintained by Statutory Undertakers
- It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain the necessary permission from any property owners to which the cable will be attached or overhang. Where the cable is attached to such property the applicant shall be responsible for any damage caused to property by the cable whilst it is present, including during erection and removal of the cable
- No part of the cable shall be attached to any street furniture or lighting column without separate written express and specific permission from the Highway Authority. Where such permission is granted the applicant shall comply with all conditions attached to the permission
- Nothing in this consent absolves the applicant from obtaining Planning Permission where such is required
- The Highway Authority may require the applicant to obtain and provide a qualified structural engineers report, at their own expense to certify that the fixture to which the cable is attached is structurally strong enough to support its own weight and the loading of any wind or precipitation
- Hampshire Highway Authority, Street Lighting Maintenance Management Plan Policy Number 6 covers further, technical requirements for the erection of cables. The following is non-exhaustive and for the full details the applicant must refer to the Policy Document: (a) All apparatus shall be erected, maintained and removed in compliance with the following statutes and regulations: 1. Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. 2. Electricity-at-Work Regulations 1989. 3. BS 7671 Regulations for Electrical Installation
- The applicant shall: (a) Carry out an inspection of the cables at least every week to satisfy themselves as to all aspects of its security and safety. The results of these inspections shall be documented and records held for 6.5 years. Nil returns are to be recorded in the same manner. (b) Inform the Highway Authority, of the name, address and telephone number of an electrician who can be called out on a 24 hour a day basis to deal with emergencies. The costs incurred in any such emergencies shall be borne by the applicant. Such an electrician shall hold a City & Guilds approved qualification or its equivalent and be fully conversant with the requirements of all relevant standards
- The ‘highway’ can include the carriageway, footway and any verge
- If the applicant objects to these conditions or a refusal by the Highway Authority to approve a consent then he may appeal to the magistrates’ court
The applicant should allow ten clear working days between the date of application and the date on which the consent is intended to commence. No cables should be placed before approval of the application has been issued.
Tacit consent does not apply
Due to safety legislation your application is not approved until you are issued with an Approval Notice from us.
You will receive an automated receipt when paying for this service. No VAT is charged as this is a non-business service and the VAT is classed as ‘out-of-scope’. However, should it be required for your records, Hampshire County Council’s VAT number is GB 189 4068 22.
- The approval process
On receipt of your application an engineer will asses the site to determine its suitability.
If consent is provided then further approval may be required from SSE if the cables are to be attached to or receive power from a lamp column.
Please note: SSE will no longer be able to give approval for third party attachments on any cast iron columns. This will include, festive lighting, hanging baskets, banners, cameras, cables or any additional signs
Cast iron columns can be difficult to identity. Some cast iron style columns may look like cast iron but are actually steel with embellishments added to give the illusion of age.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain this approval from SSE.
SSE can be contacted via TPA@ssecontracting.com
If you are happy you understand the conditions and charges.
Upon application you will be required to pay the fee. Please have your payment details ready before submitting your application.