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Temporary excavations (permit to dig)

What is a permit to dig?

A permit to dig can be given to contractors wishing to open the highway for a variety of reasons, such as for:

  • Trial Holes,
  • Works on private land that require the excavation of highway for 'tie-in' purposes,
  • Construction works for a vehicle access crossing point,
  • Placing or maintaining of apparatus.

Please note: Permits are only given to the person carrying out the works, not to the customer requesting them.

If you are unsure whether a permit is needed please contact us to check.

How much does it cost?

A permit costs £235 per street, in an unclassified street and not in a pedestrianised zone or £340 in a classified street (A, B, C) or in a pedestrianised zone.  We will aim to get your permit to you within 20 working days.  Plus £164 for each additional 200m length of road.

A cost of £52 will be charged if over and above fee where approval sought quicker than standard lead time of 20 days. This option is available where an application is made between 5 and 20 days before required and when the authority agrees to accelerate the process.

A cost of £80 per permit for abortive works where Permit processed but works cancelled before they were due to start (must be cancelled the working day before the proposed start date).  No refund payable if cancelled after the proposed works start date and inspections have been scheduled.

NB: failure to cancel a permit prior to the proposed start date will result in a reduced reimbursement.

How can I apply?

Please note: Applications must be made by the company who is planning to excavate the highway. Your company must be registered with us to apply for a permit to dig.

Before applying please read the excavations application conditions.

To apply, please complete the word docexcavation application form (132 KB) and email it to nmu@staffordshire.gov.uk, or post it to:

Network Management Unit, 
Number 1 Staffordshire Place,
Tipping Street,  
Stafford.
ST16 2DH

Please contact us for further information and guidance.

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