Hampshire County Permit Scheme (HCPS)
The Traffic Management Act 2004 (TMA) introduced permit schemes to improve Highway Authorities’ ability to minimise disruption from utility company works and its own highway maintenance works.
From 1 April 2019 the Hampshire County Permit Scheme (HCPS) will be replacing the current noticing system.
- Who should apply for a works permit
Any statutory undertaker installing and maintaining apparatus in the public highway and the County Council maintaining or improving the public highway.
Permit applications must be made to Hampshire County Council via the Nationally Prescribed Electronic Format Technical Specification.
Statutory undertakers should continue to use the noticing system until 31st March 2019 after which the transitional arrangements to permits will commence.
Note that other highway activities, such as skips, scaffolding, private excavations for dropped crossings etc, are not covered by the permit scheme and permission should be obtained via the appropriate licence.
Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders / Notices, bus stop suspensions or traffic light switch-offs, where required, do not form part of the works permit and the County Council must be contacted separately to discuss such matters.
- Why Hampshire County Council is implementing a permit scheme
Works-related activities undertaken in a street have the potential to cause disruption to traffic, pedestrians, business, local residents and any other users. The cause of the disruption is exacerbated when those works are on streets where the traffic flow is close to, or exceeds, the physical capacity of the street.
The Hampshire County Permit Scheme (HCPS) has been developed to more effectively co-ordinate and regulate works-related activities to minimise traffic disruption and improve the quality of works related information provided to residents and road users.
- Objectives and benefits of the scheme
In line with Section 16 of the Traffic Management Act, the overriding objective of the HCPS is to secure the expeditious movement of traffic on the Hampshire road network.
The strategic objective of the HCPS is to assist promoters to install and maintain services and assets with minimum disruption to residents and road users by improving the planning, scheduling and management of work-related activities.
The sub-objectives of the HCPS are as follows:
- to proactively manage the local highway network
- to maximise the efficient use of road space
- to minimise traffic disruption arising from activities on key routes
- to minimise disruption to residents arising from significant schemes in residential areas
- to improve the compliance with relevant specifications and Codes of Practice
- to improve the quality reliability and accuracy of works information to the public
- to improve stakeholder engagement for significant works schemes
- to ensure parity of treatment for all promoters
Hampshire County Council has identified the likely following benefits from the HCPS as being:
- improvements to overall network management
- reduced congestion on the key road network
- reduced disruption to residents from significant works projects
- improved journey time reliability
- improved general quality of life, particularly for residents
- HCPS fees and charges
Reinstatement category of street Road Category 0 to 2 or Traffic Sensitive Cat 3 & 4 Road Category 3 to 4 Non-Traffic Sensitive Provisional Advance Authorisation £100 £75 Major activity (Including requiring a TRO for 11 days or more) £240 £145 Major activity – 4 to 10 days £130 £75 Major activity – up to 3 days £65 £45 Standard activity £130 £75 Minor activity £65 £0 Immediate activity £60 £0
- A permit fee reduction of 50% will be applied where collaboration will be undertaken
- A permit fee reduction of 30% will be applied to other activities where disruption has been minimised, as described in the permit scheme
Permit Variation Fees
For permit variations, the County Council will charge:
- £45 for all activities on category 0, 1 and 2 streets and category 3 and 4 streets that are traffic-sensitive
- £35 for all activities on category 3 and 4 and non traffic-sensitive streets
- Further information