Apply for a Section 50 licence
Introduction notes for applicants
This information is for anyone who wishes to apply for a Section 50 Licence under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA).
If you or your organisation wish to place, retain and afterwards inspect, maintain, adjust, repair, alter or renew apparatus in the highway then you must obtain a licence from Newcastle City Council. The term apparatus includes drains, cables, ducts, sewer pipes, water and gas pipes etc. both under, over, across, along and upon the highway.
Those applicants not familiar with the requirements of this legislation are strongly advised to appoint a Contractor with the appropriate knowledge and accreditation to help complete the application and conduct the works on their behalf.
If you require permission to work in the highway but do not intend to place or retain any apparatus you will require a Road Opening Notice which is a separate application process.
The Highway Act 1980 and the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA) provide the legislative framework for work being undertaken in the highway and the co-ordination of street works activities.
As the Highway Authority, it is essential that Newcastle City Council has an accurate record of all works undertaken on our highway and without this accuracy the Council cannot fulfil its Network Management Duty under the Traffic Management Act (TMA).
The person granted a licence becomes an undertaker for the purposes of the New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA) and therefore has duties and responsibilities imposed by the act and associated secondary legislation and Codes of Practice.
It is important that whoever is applying for a licence is familiar with this element of the legislation and understands the implications should they fail to comply with this. Your liability cannot be delegated so it is vital that you understand this entire process and adhere to the requirements and conditions.
Please note the Terms and Conditions are in the application along with Guidance for applicants.
Payment for your licence is required once your application has been approved, the cost of your licence may vary depending on the factors noted below:
The cost of a new Section 50 licence is £531.50 (Admin fee of £141.50, capitalised fee of £140 and inspection fee of £250)
The cost of a works to an existing Section 50 licence is £313.50 (Admin fee of £113.50 and inspection fee of £200)
A further charge of £72.50 is payable for each additional 200m length of road and / or each additional road identified.
- If your excavation is on 1 street within 200m this is 1 licence = £531.50
- If your excavation is continuous across 2 different streets however still within 200m this is 1 licence however an additional payment of £72.50 is required
- If your excavation is on 1 street but exceeds 200m this is still 1 licence however an additional payment of £72.50 is required for every additional 200m
- If your excavation is continuous across both streets and both streets exceed 200m then this is an additional £72.50 for every additional 200m
- If you have 2 different excavations on 2 different streets both within 200m, this is 2 licences
Please note if we do not receive payment within 7 working days of receiving approval, your application will be cancelled, and you will have to re-apply.
Please contact email@example.com should you have any queries.
Please complete the application form for a Section 50 licence.
You must notify Newcastle City Council the next working day following the works start (by 4:30pm) confirming that your works have started.
You must notify Newcastle City Council the next working day following the works stop (by 4:30pm) confirming that your works have finished.
Please complete the reinstatement form.
You must submit your reinstatement details within 10 working days following the completion of your works.
The highway authority maintain an electronic register of all Section 50 licences they have issued. If you wish to view these details, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The documents noted below will be a valuable source of further information which will explain further details:
- New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, for the Co-ordination of Street Works and Works for Road Purposes and Related Matters
- New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, for the Code of Practice for Inspections