Who can apply
Permission to place, retain and maintain apparatus in the highway must be requested by the owner of the apparatus. A contractor will apply for permission to excavate the highway, often on behalf of the land or property owner. This is because it is the applicant who will be required to comply with and accept the licence conditions.
Licence(s) you will need
To apply please select one of the options below.
Section 171 - vehicle access, sewer connection (without pump), trial holes
Section 171 licence is for small excavations in the highway such as trial holes, domestic vehicular access or sewer connections into adopted sewer.
Section 50a - Sewer connection with pump, gas water, electric or telecomms
Section 50a licence is for the placing and retaining of apparatus in the highway such as private networks including fibre optic, telecommunications, rising or pumping mains, outlets from sewerage treatment units, power cables from solar farms.
Section 50b - Excavation to install, inspect or replace apparatus
Section 50b licence is for the excavation to install, inspect, maintain, adjust, repair, alter or renew the apparatus, change its position or move it.
Section 278 - bellmouths, moving of street furniture, gullies or larger schemes
Section 278 licence or a section 278 agreement is for bellmouths, moving of street furniture, gullies or larger schemes.
For further guidance please see our Information for Developers.