Section 50 street works licence
Under the New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA) a Section 50 licence allows a person without a statutory right, to place, retain and remove apparatus in the street, and to do work necessary for that purpose.
An apparatus could be a:
- fibre optic cable
- sewer, water or gas pipe
Section 50 of the NRSWA, and Schedule 3, govern the licence system. The licensee is then effectively acting as a statutory undertaker and is governed by the obligations imposed under NRSWA, the Traffic Management Act (TMA) and other regulations.
Wiltshire Council must keep a record of all street works, and apparatus installed, under licences it has granted. Details of licences must be included in the Street Works Register.
A section 50 licence is a permit for a private person or organisation to install a new apparatus or work on an existing apparatus across or along a public highway.
Non-compliance with any requirement of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 may result in severe financial penalties.
No works are permitted to start without the duly authorised licences. Any unauthorised works on the public highway may be subject to consideration for prosecution.
When you apply you become a 'work undertaker' and must read the Guidance for applicants to understand your responsibilities. As the licence holder, you can be fined if you don't meet the statutory duties imposed by the New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA).
Before you apply, you must:
- read the Guidance for applicants below:
- appoint an accredited contractor to do the work as you'll need to attach a copy of the supervisor and operative's street work qualification card to your application
- have a public liability insurance of at least £5 million up to the completion of the works and attach a copy as proof
You'll also need to check whether you need to apply for:
- portable signals and have traffic signs in place
- road closures, which needs twelve weeks' notice
You must apply at least four weeks before your proposed start date, but 12 weeks if a road closure is required.
We may agree to a shorter period in emergency cases.
Contact S50application@wiltshire.gov.uk if you need more details about emergency applications.
You'll need to apply five documents to this form:
- a scale plan
- a copy of the supervisor's street works qualification card
- a copy of the operative's street works qualification card
- a copy of your insurance certificate
- Declaration (below) signed by the owner of the apparatus or a letter of instruction authorising your contractor to apply for the licence on your behalf
We will contact you after we have received your completed application to take payment either by debit/credit card or bacs payment
- Placing new apparatus £454
- Repair to existing apparatus £225
- Urgent fast-tracked applications with between 3 and 19 working days prior to proposed start are subject to an additional charge of £142.
- Retrospective application are subject to an additional charge of £191
- Additional inspection fees of £50 per visit
- If a cash deposit is deemed necessary the application has an additional admin fee of £166, inspections at £50 per agreed inspection regime, pre-site meeting fee of £50 and permit fees at £18.60 per USRN. Additional deposit charges are calculated using volumes based on TMC rates, with a minimum deposit of £5k.
- Inspection fees £150 (as set out in the NRSWA code of practice) are included
- Works in excess of 200m in length will be subject to an additional inspection fee
- These prices are subject to annual reviews
- Wiltshire Council may require a cash deposit as security on Section 50 Licences that are over a certain risk value, we will use the information on the application to calculate the risk value and the amount of a Bond and advise you if this is required.
Applications received without the submission of all the required information will not be processed. Your application may require a site meeting with our Technicians to determine the appropriate traffic control, subsequent to this there may be further licences / applications required.
Once approved, you'll receive an electronic copy of your licence.
To make an application please use the button below to register and following registration, login to complete the online application
Phone: 01225 713497