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East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Permit Scheme

Local authorities have powers to design and operate a permit scheme. This is to improve the management of works in the street undertaken by highway authorities and utilities companies. Details of East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Permit Scheme are available from this page.

What is the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) Permit Scheme for street works and roadworks?

East Riding of Yorkshire Council, as a Highway Authority, implemented a permit scheme on 1 December 2021 for works on the East Riding of Yorkshire highway network.

Taking into account our statutory duties, the scheme’s purpose is to:

  • improve the management of works in the street undertaken by highway authorities and utilities companies through better communication, scheduling and planning
  • make the highway network more efficient in terms of traffic congestion 
  • minimise the disruption to the travelling public on the highway caused by vital utility works
  • Part 3 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 (Sections 32-39) and the Traffic Management Permit Scheme (England) Regulations 2007/2015 give us powers to design and operate a permit scheme. It has been developed in accordance with the Department for Transport (DfT) Statutory Guidance for Highway Permit Schemes (October 2015) and DfT advice note for local authorities development new or varying existing permit schemes (June 2016). 

Most road and street works on the public highway undertaken by (or on behalf of) utility companies, or by highways authorities themselves, will need permission through our permit scheme.

Works promoters must apply for a permit before commencing the works. We will consider the permit and approve or reject the application. In some cases conditions may be applied. A fee will apply. If we do not respond, a permit will be deemed to be approved.

Official documents/websites

Statutory guidance for Highway Authority Permit Scheme (external website)

Proposed Permit Scheme (pdf 562kb)

Decision Record - Implementation of the ERYC Highways Permit Scheme (pdf 278kb)

Permit Scheme Order (pdf 11mb)

Consultee letter (pdf 215kb)

Permit scheme fees

Consultation responses

Permit scheme consultation response - Virgin Media (pdf 291kb)

Permit scheme consultation response - Openreach (pdf 445kb)

What works require a permit?

You must register all works that involve:

  • placing apparatus in the street
  • inspecting, maintaining, adjusting, repairing, altering or renewing apparatus in the street
  • changing the position, moving or removing apparatus
  • maintenance and improvement works to the road 
  • major road works. 

Permits are required for all works that:

  • involve the breaking up or resurfacing of any street
  • involve opening the carriageway or cycleway of traffic-sensitive streets at traffic-sensitive times
  • need temporary traffic control
  • reduces the lanes available on a carriageway that has three or more lanes
  • need a temporary traffic regulation order or notice, or interrupts pedestrian facilities
  • need to reduce the width of an existing carriageway of a traffic-sensitive street and a traffic-sensitive time. 

For large scale and potentially disruptive works, you should register for a permit as soon as possible.

Immediate works also need a permit. For works that are urgent or an emergency, or works that start out of working hours, a permit must be applied for by 10am the next working day. 

What are the different types of permit?

There are four types of permits for registerable works - permits for:

Permit for Major Works

This type of permit is usually needed for the most significant types of works and generally needs the most advanced notice.

Major works are those which:

  • have been identified in an organisation's annual operating programme or are normally planned or known about at least six months in advanced of the start date
  • need a temporary traffic regulation order
  • will take 11 working days or more. 

Please note: activities that last less than 10 days but need a traffic regulation order, such as a temporary road closure, or are part of the organisation's operating programme will be categorised as major activity. If this takes place in non-traffic sensitive roads or times, they may have reduced fees.

Provisional Advanced Authorisation (PAA)

If you are planning major works, you may also need to apply for a Provisional Advanced Authorisation (PAA). This allows significant works to be identified, co-ordinated and programmed in advanced by allowing works to be provisionally planned in before we consider granting a permit. 

The PAA application:·        

  • must be submitted at least 3 months before you plan to start the works
  • should include a description of the work you want to carry out and the expected start and end dates
  • is limited to one street. 

You will be charged for a PAA as well as major works permit, unless we have pre-agreed it with you. 

Please note: if your PAA application is accepted, this does not necessarily mean your application for a major works permit will be accepted. 

Permit for Standard Works

Standard works are planned to take 4 to 10 days.

Activities that last less than 10 days but need a traffic regulation order, such as a temporary road closure, or are part of your organisation's operating programme will be categorised as major activity and will need to follow the application process for a major activity. If this takes place in non-traffic sensitive roads or times, they may have reduced fees.

Your permit application must: 

  • be submitted to us at least 10 days before the expected start date
  • include a description of the works you want to carry out and the expected start and end dates. 

Permit for Minor Works

Minor works are planned to take 3 days or less.

Activities that last less than 3 days but need a traffic regulation order, such as a temporary road closure, or are part of your organisation's operating programme will be categorised as major activity and will need to follow the application process for a major activity. If this takes place in non-traffic sensitive roads or times, they may have reduced fees.

Your permit application must: 

  • be submitted to us at least 3 days before the expected start date
  • include a description of the works you want to carry out and the expected start and end dates. 

Permit for Immediate Works

Immediate activities are emergency works. This may also include corrective works to dangerous defects.

They are works that are needed to:

  • stop an unplanned interruption of any supply or service provided by the company 
  • avoid substantial loss to the company in relation to an existing service
  • reconnect supplies or services where the company would be under a civil or criminal liability if the reconnection is delayed until after the permit has expired.

These types of activities may start without a permit.

If you need to carry out immediate works that need traffic control on traffic sensitive streets, you must submit a permit application within 2 hours of the works starting.

A permit application must be submitted by 10am the next working day if the works take place out of hours.

How much are the permit fees? 

Table of permit fees 2021
    Main Roads Minor Roads
Reinstatement category of street 0, 1 and 2 3 and 4 3 and 4
Street designated as traffic sensitive or not All streets Traffic sensitive at sometimes/locations Non-traffic sensitive at any time or location
Time and location of activity Any time and location Any part within traffic sensitive times/ locations Wholly within non-traffic sensitive times / locations Any time and location
Provisional Advance Authorisation £105* £105 £75 £75
Major Works - over 10 days and all major works requiring a traffic regulation order £240* £240 £150 £150
Major works - 4 to10 days £130* £130 £75 £75
Major works - up to3 days £65* £65 £45 £45
Standard Activity £130* £130 £75 £75
Minor Activity £65* £65 £45 £45
Immediate Activity £60* £60 £40 £40

* A discount will be applied where works are undertaken wholly outside of traffic sensitive times on Traffic Sensitive Streets. See Above. Note: That in line with the ERYC Permit Authority’s policies and procedures, the above fees will be reviewed on an annual basis.

Exemptions

You will not be charged for a permit if:

  • the permit deems
  • authority imposed variations.

Permit Discounts

There will be a discount where there is/are:

  • collaborative working
  • multiple applications.

Permit Variation Fees

  • The fees will not exceed the maximum charges as set by the DFT
  • All Promoters will be notified of any changes to the fees.

How do I apply for a permit? 

Statutory undertakers will apply through their own internal software or Street Manager as at present.

Where can I get help?

Most issues can be resolved online as it's the quickest and most convenient way to get help.

You can email the Street Works team who are happy to help with your queries.

Email: permit.scheme@eastriding.gov.uk.

Tel: (01482) 395050.

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