A road works permit scheme for the south east – have your say

In partnership with Surrey County Council, we are planning to introduce a permit scheme to improve the management of road works carried out by highway authorities and utility companies. Improving the way road and street works are carried out will reduce disruption to road users across the south east.

We asked for the views of anyone who may be affected by the introduction of a permit scheme, to ensure any scheme introduced would be consistent with the necessary guidance and regulations and suit the needs of the county.

This consultation closed on 20 February 2013. All responses are now being considered.

Background information

The scheme will be a 'Common' Permit Scheme, where individual local authorities can adopt the same set of rules as their neighbouring authorities. The scheme will then apply to all adopted roads throughout East Sussex and Surrey, the specified area for the purposes of the regulations. Motorways and Trunk Roads are not included in this scheme as they are the responsibility of the Highways Agency.

The powers for local authorities to produce and operate a permit scheme are set out in:

Who could take part?

As part of the application process to the Department for Transport to operate a permit scheme we consulted with:

  • utility companies and other statutory undertakers
  • engineering and construction companies
  • road user special interest groups and all other road users
  • district, borough and parish councils
  • neighbouring authorities
  • the Department for Transport.

We contacted these groups directly and invited them to take part. Responses were also welcomed from anyone else with an interest.

How you could take part

Details of the proposed scheme are set out in these documents:

We also recommended you read the following:

Surrey County Council

For information specific to Surrey County Council, see A permit scheme for the south east – Surrey County Council website.

What happens next?

All responses will be considered and where appropriate, changes made to the proposed permit scheme. The final version of the scheme will then be submitted to the Secretary of State for his consideration.

The Secretary of State will approve the scheme, with or without modifications, and it will then become effective by a statutory Order.


If you have any queries about this survey or you need a copy of it in a different format such as large print, Braille or in a different language please contact the Traffic Management team:

Phone: 0345 60 80 193