A private company wishing to open the public highway for any reason, must obtain a road opening licence, (known as a section 50 or section 171/174 licence depending on the works to be carried out), in the name of the owner of the apparatus being installed.
Examples of a Section 50 Licence:
Examples of a Section 171/174 Licence:
Evidence of £10 million Public Liability Insurance policy
Evidence of Contractor's accreditation under the New Roads & Street Works Act 1991.
No less than one supervisor and one operative's details will be accepted
A site plan, to scale, showing the location of the proposed works
Traffic Management Plan complying with Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual and related Codes of Practice
Evidence of permission to connect to Utility’s plant/apparatus (if applicable)
Fees will be applicable and conditions attached
Licence fee £211.00
Fee for manual notices £31.00
Inspection Fee (4 x inspections @ £57.00 each) £228.00
Deposit £80.00 per m2 of reinstatement (minimum deposit £536.00)
Cheques payable to Southampton City Council
Application evaluation process
We will endeavour to process your application as quickly as possible. Due to the nature of this licence and third party interest we will aim to grant licences within 8 weeks of the application being made. This is subject to receiving all of the required documentation and the correct payment.
Will tacit consent apply?
No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the authority within a reasonable period, please contact us.
Apply by post, just print and fill in the appropriate downloadable form at the bottom of the page and return along with the requested documents to the address below:
Highways Service Partnership
City Depot and Recycling Park
First Avenue, Millbrook
Telephone: +44 (0)23 8079 8077
Fax: +44 (0)23 8051 2883
Failed application and licence holder redress
Please contact the Local Authority in the first instance.
Applicants may appeal to the West Hampshire Magistrates' Court against refusal to issue a licence or against conditions of the licence.
In the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK,
Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.