Street works licence

You may need to dig up or alter a publicly maintained pavement or road to install or maintain apparatus like:

  • cables
  • ducts
  • pipes

You need a licence to do this if you are a:

  • contractor
  • developer
  • private individual

If you are a statutory undertaker, you must serve notice.

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Developer, contractor or private individual


You can apply by:

  • completing, printing and returning by email the online form
  • downloading, completing and returning by email the PDF form

All street works licences granted are subject to the legislation requirements of the New Roads and Street Works 1991 (external link) and its codes of practice.


  • £549

Once your application is approved, we will send payment details. Payment is by BACS.


It is an offence to start any works without a licence.

If you do, you may be prosecuted, which includes:

  • the removal of any equipment installed during those works
  • full recovery of all costs involved

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Statutory undertakers

If you are a statutory undertaker, you do not need a licence but must serve us notice.

Statutory undertakers include:

  • BT
  • Transco
  • Thames Water

Serve notice

The length of notice required depends on the types of work and ranges from 2 hours to at least 1 month.

Serving notice does not constitute permission but allows us to coordinate execution of works.

This is done:

  • in the interests of safety
  • to minimise inconvenience to people using the street
  • to protect the structure of the street
  • to protect the integrity of the apparatus in the street

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Traffic Management
Environment and Neighbourhoods
Level 4 - Alexandra House
10 Station Road
Wood Green
N22 7TR


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Page last updated:

May 19, 2023

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