Permit scheme consultation

Staffordshire County Council intend to introduce a permit scheme to control works on their road network.

Part 3 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 and The Traffic Management Permit Scheme (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 gave local authorities powers to operate a permit scheme to improve the management of works on the public highway undertaken by highway authorities and utility companies.

Staffordshire County Council, in its capacity as the local highway authority (excluding motorways and trunk roads), proposes to exercise these powers to introduce a system of permits for street works and road works under the West and Shires Permit Scheme (WaSP). This will require permits to be obtained for most road and street works, whether they are undertaken by or on behalf of, utility companies or the highway authority.

As part of the process to do this, the council is required to consult on the scheme with activity promoters (Utility companies and the Highway Authority), and apparatus owners under Section 50 of the New Roads and Street Works Act (1991) as well as any other interested stakeholders.

The purpose of the consultation is to seek views and questions from those affected by the introduction of a permit scheme and other interested parties.

From these responses, the council will consider whether any changes are required to the permit scheme, or whether clarification of the scope or operation of the scheme is required. The actual permit scheme has to be compliant to many different references, such as Statutory Instruments, Regulations, Codes of Practice and Statutory Guidance, so the council is very limited in changes that can be applied to the scope of the permit scheme.

The consultation will run between Tuesday 26 November 2019 until Friday 14 February 2020.

Have your say

Complete the online survey

Alternatively, you can view the survey document and send any responses or additional comment to permitconsultation@staffordshire.gov.uk.

Supporting documents

Consultation overview (266 KB)

Consultation paper survey (259 KB) 

Cost benefit summary (194 KB)

Existing work volumes and estimated number of permits (194 KB)

Allowable cost calculation template - traffic sensitive streets (289 KB)

Allowable cost calculation template - non-traffic sensitive streets (287 KB)

West and Shires permit scheme (1.03 MB)

Application annex for SCC to operate the West and Shires permit scheme (1.02 MB)

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