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Statutory Guidance for Permit Schemes - National Conditions

The Department for Transport considers that well-designed, outcome-focused, and reasonably implemented permit schemes have demonstrated that they provide the best method of managing a highway authority’s road network and the works that take place in or on the public highways.

Permit schemes are able to affect everyone’s use of roads in an authority’s area but, in particular, they can affect how the works undertaken by those who are responsible for installing and maintaining highways' and utilities' infrastructure, and their contractors.

The main aim of a permit scheme is to minimise disruption and it is considered that better co-ordination of all works, and closer monitoring can be used to drive behavioral change and to ensure that disruption to local communities and road users is reduced.

This Statutory Guidance is provided to support the application of the correct condition to street works activities. It sets out what the conditions are; how they need to be recorded; examples and information on how they need to be applied; and explains how they can be enforced to drive the level of change sought.

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