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 £205.00
Fee for manual notices £30.25
Inspection Fee (4 x inspections @ £55.00 each) £220.00
Deposit £78.00 per m2 of reinstatement (minimum deposit £520.00)
Cheques payable to Southampton City Council
To apply, please follow this link to our EU Service Directive page where you can learn more about the application process and download the application forms.