Excavation of the public highway, by anyone other than a utility company, can only be carried out with the permission of the city council.
Before works commence on site a permit to excavate in the highway must be obtained and several criteria relating to health and safety issues must be met before the permit can be issued.
Applications for sewer connections, vehicular crossings, temporary vehicle crossings, and projections over the public highway should be made in writing to Highway Services in advance of any work commencing (a minimum of two weeks before the proposed start date is required).
The council's Highway Services section will issue standard drawings and specifications for vehicular crossings upon request. The necessary 'opening' permits will be issued prior to commencement of the works on site.
Written permission authorising sewer connections should be obtained from United Utilities prior to a request for a licence being made to the Highway Services section.
A supervision and permit fee will be charged. This fee shall be determined once your written request and plan(s) have been submitted and shall also be dependant on the extent of the works being carried out.
A New Roads and Street Works accreditation certificate for all the staff involved will be required, evidence of adequate public liability insurance and plans detailing the location of utility plant and apparatus shall also be required before any opening permit/licence can be issued.
Reinstatement of the public highway must be carried out in accordance with the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and its associated codes of practice. A guarantee period of two or three years will be required dependent on the depth of the excavation.
Please note if you have any concerns regarding public utility or private excavation works, you can use our online reporting service to notify us.