Permit scheme for highways works

Roadworks are an essential part of improving and maintaining the public highways in Blackpool. As well the power, water and telecommunications services that are laid in it.
These works can cause delays and disruption for:
  • Road users
  • Local residents
  • Businesses
We have designed the Blackpool permit scheme to improve the management of the road network.
To minimise disruption we control all road activities by:
  • Better planning
  • Scheduling and
  • Control of all road activities
This helps us to co-ordinate activities, making sure we reduce the disruption to users in a positive way.

How it works

Before the permit scheme, organisations operated on the basis of a statutory right to carry out their works and only told us the details.
With the permit scheme, all people carrying out works must apply for a permit to carry out their works. 
The procedure will ensure that both the people carrying out the works and the council will consider all options for minimising the impacts of any work.

Activities requiring a permit

You will need a permit for all activities that involve:
  • Breaking up or resurfacing of any street
  • Opening of the carriageway or cycle way of traffic-sensitive streets at traffic-sensitive times 
  • The use of any form of temporary traffic control as defined in the Code of Practice for Safety at Street Works and Road Works 
  • Reduction of the number of lanes available on a carriageway of three or more lanes 
  • Activities that need a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order or notice, or the suspension of pedestrian crossing facilities 
  • Reduction in the width of the existing carriageway of a traffic-sensitive street at a traffic-sensitive time 

Permit scheme details

You can find full details of the permit scheme and the fees in the following document:

Blakcpool Council permit scheme for road and street works [PDF 1.22MB]

Before deciding to introduce the scheme we carried out a cost benefit analysis. This was to measure the costs and benefits to the local economy and society

In agreement with the Department of Transport this analysis assesses the impact of permits over a range of social and economic variables.

The result of this analysis indicates that the ratio of potential benefit to cost of the scheme is at least 2.2:1. Introducing the permit scheme will therefore be beneficial to society.

Should we change the fees or associated policies as a result of the permit scheme review process, we will inform all stakeholders. The latest details will also be published here:

 TypeMain roads - Category 0, 1, 2 and traffic sensitiveMinor roads - Category 3 and 4, not traffic sensitive
Provisional advance authorisation £98 £60
Major works - over 10 days and all major works requiring a traffic regulation order £191 £100
Major works - 4 to 10 days £124 £65
Major works - up to 3 days £63 £33
Standard activity £114 £59
Minor activity £58 £30
Immediate activity £55 £27
Permit variation £45 £35

Contacts for permit applications

 Contact Telephone
During normal office hours 01253 478197
Emergency contact out of hours 01253 477600
Contacts for consultation with other relevant departments
Trees 01253 478358
Environmental 01253 477477

Permit scheme consultation

The permit scheme is being introduced under Part 3 of the Traffic Management Act (2004) together with associated regulations and guidance. 
A formal consultation forms part of the introduction process and the permit scheme.