Street works permit scheme
In July 2018 the Secretary of State for Transport wrote to all councils that had not yet done so asking them to consider adopting a system of permits for utility street works & highway authority road works.
The main reason behind the request is that it will give the Council, as Highway Authority, greater control over works on our highway network.
An efficient road network is an important element of our vision of making Darlington a place where everyone thrives. It is fundamental to the borough's economy, enabling businesses to provide goods and services.
It allows local people to access services such as
- leisure activities
It also keeps communities connected and is vital for visitors to the borough and wider region.
Roadworks can cause significant disruption to the smooth running of the network.
This includes by utility companies, developers and maintenance work by the authority.
Whilst this may be necessary work, it is important that it is managed as effectively as possible.
During 2019 we worked closely with other councils in the North East to develop a permit scheme for Darlington.
Following consultation and cabinet approval the permit scheme for Darlington went live on 2nd March 2020.
- Secretary of State’s letter [pdf document]
- Darlington scheme proposal initial letter [pdf document]
- Consultation letter [pdf document]
- Consultation questionnaire [word document]
- Consultation response document [pdf document]
- Darlington Permit Scheme with consultation track changes [word document]
- Darlington cost benefit analysis executive summary [pdf document]
- Darlington fee summary [pdf document]
- Darlington permit scheme [pdf document]
Current evaluation report
View the DBC permit scheme 2nd year evaluation report [pdf document]