Norfolk Permit Scheme for Road Works and Street Works

Closed 14 Oct 2013

Opened 23 Jul 2013

Feedback expected 31 Mar 2014

Results Updated 1 Sep 2015

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our consultation - we had seven on-line responses and three others via e-mail. We have listened to people's views and made some amendments to our proposals. We submitted our consultation report and appendices including all queries raised with our application to the DfT to become a Permit Authority on the 5 November 2014.


The DfT approved our scheme on the 15th January 2014 and the Minister signed the statutory instrument on the 31st March 2014.

Start of Scheme

Our scheme will start on the 6th May 2014.

Our TMA permit scheme website is This contains the final scheme design as approved by the DfT (15th Jan 2014) and signed off by the Secretary of State (31st March 2014).  This contained a few changes from our submission.

Since the Norfolk Permit Scheme went live amended Permit Regulations have been published and the DfT require all permit schemes to comply with these.

A copy of the amended scheme from 1 Oct 2015, variation order notice and sealed order can be found at the Norfolk County Council permit scheme website above.




Any activity undertaken in a street has the potential to cause disruption. They can reduce the width of the street available to traffic, pedestrians and other users, and can also inconvenience businesses and local residents. Under the Traffic Management Act 2004 Part 3 a Highway Authority can apply to the Department for Transport for permission to introduce a Permit Scheme to manage road works, as part of the process before a submission is made an Authority must publically consult on the scheme.

Under a permit scheme those promoting road and street works will have to apply for permission for access before they start the work; apart from emergency work where they have to apply for a permit within 2 hours, Norfolk County Council will then grant, refuse or tailor the application. Attached to the permit will also be a list of specific conditions, these conditions will be jointly agreed with the utility companies and will be used in instances where they will tailor the permit works to benefit the highway users. We believe that a permit scheme will be of benefit to Norfolk because the improved controls we will us to work with the utility companies to minimise disruption”.

Why We Are Consulting

Norfolk County Council has developed the “Norfolk Permit Scheme” and is now undertaking a public consultation.

We are interested in the views of utility companies and others who will be directly affected by the scheme, as well as welcoming any general comments on the scheme.

You can read the consultation letter and the draft Norfolk Permit Scheme below, alongside other documents referred to in the scheme that might help to inform your view.

Please take a look at the scheme and then feed back your views using our online survey.



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