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Planning your works

If you’re a qualifying authority as defined in the New Roads & Streetworks Act 1991 we’ll share the costs of your work. Work must be directly associated with a highway and you must be:

  • A highway authority e.g. Highway England or a local council.
  • A bridge authority e.g. Network Rail or a local council.
  • A railway infrastructure provider e.g. Network Rail or Transport for London.

Please refer to the guidelines for working near our pipes if you're:

  • A developer carrying out works under Section 106 of the Town & Country Planning Act or Section 278 of the New Roads & Streetworks Act, as a condition of receiving planning permission from a local/regional council.
  • A developer constructing/modifying access roadways to a development site, including vehicle crossovers.
  • A local/regional council developing or modifying council-owned sites, such as estates, offices, garages, access roadways and vehicle crossovers.
  • A railway operating company or infrastructure provider developing or modifying railway premises, such as stations, offices and depots.
  • A bridge owner for a structure which crosses or carries a non-adopted highway.
  • A utility company laying new assets or modifying existing ones including adopted highways.

Please study the guidelines if you’re engaged in street excavations, transporting abnormal height loads or engaged in heavy vehicle movements that could affect our plant and apparatus.

If you're working in the street you may also be interested in reading about water main diversions or sewer diversions.