Permit Scheme

A permit scheme provides an alternative to the notification system (in accordance with the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991). Instead of informing an Authority of their intention to carry out works, the activity promoter will have to book time on the highway by obtaining a permit.

Sefton Council's application to become a permitting authority was approved by the Department for Transport and came into effect on 2 February 2015.

The Scheme is intended to deliver public benefits by minimising the inconvenience and disruption caused by road works to all road users.

Anyone carrying out works in a permit street will need a permit from us.

This includes works by utility companies and works that we and our partners carry out. It does not include activities such as builder’s skips and scaffolding where the existing arrangements will be maintained.

For further information on registerable activities please view the Code of Practice for permits information.

The Deregulation Act 2015 (the 2015 Act) received Royal Assent on the 26th March 2015. The 2015 Act removes, in England, the requirement for permit schemes to be approved by the Secretary of State and given effect by Statutory Instrument (SI). The 2015 Act amends the Traffic Management Act 2004 enabling authorities (local highway authorities or strategic highway companies) to make their own schemes and to vary or revoke existing schemes.

The 2015 Act provides that a scheme previously given effect by an SI made by the Secretary of State is to be treated as if it had been given effect by an Order made by the highway authority under the amended Traffic Management Act. From 30 June 2015, authorities making or varying schemes will do so by Order.

The Traffic Management Permit Scheme (England) Regulations 2007 (“the 2007 Regulations”) have been amended by The Traffic Management Permit Scheme (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I 958 / 2015) (“the amendment Regulations”) to reflect changes made by the 2015 Act and other changes to the operation of permit schemes. The 2007 regulations as amended by the Amendment Regulations will apply to all new schemes from 30 June 2015, and to all existing schemes from 1 October 2015.

To comply with mandatory changes to the Traffic Management (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 for existing permit schemes, Sefton Council, have amended their permit scheme document, by Order, to fully comply with these regulations.

The permit scheme will apply to all maintained highways in Sefton. If you would like a current street listing please email

Permit Scheme for Road and Street Works (pdf 902KB)
Permit Scheme Fees Matrix (pdf 662KB)
Permit Scheme Order (pdf 899KB)
Permit Conditions (pdf 1.42MB)
Portable Vehicle Signals application form (word 112KB)
Permit Scheme - Annual Report Year 1 (pdf 1.26MB)
Permit Scheme - Annual Report Year 2 (pdf 953KB)
Permit Scheme - Annual Report Year 3 (pdf 836KB)

Last Updated on Friday, December 15, 2023

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