Installations over the highway

Guide to applying

Guidance on applying for an installation over the highway is provided below.

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When to submit your application

When applying for an installation over the highway, you should make sure that:

  • the application is submitted at least 8 weeks before your intended installation start date
  • applications for Christmas decorations are submitted before 31 August

Documents to be submitted with your application

Your application should include the following documents:

  • an outline map showing the location, including column numbers and installation details
  • an installation method statement – include a traffic management proposal, if relevant
  • evidence of public liability insurance – £10 million minimum
  • proof of competency and qualifications of the contractor's operatives
  • a risk assessment

Where applicable, the risk assessment should cover:

  • installation
  • maintenance
  • temporary traffic management proposals
  • arrangements for protection and segregation of the public
  • signing, guarding and final removal of installed items

Proof of competency and qualifications of the contractor's operatives could include, for example:

  • risk assessments
  • method statements for the operation
  • copies of accreditation certification, such as New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA)

Persons must have G39/1 approval to work on the electrical network, including whoever will switch on the installation.

Deposit fee

The current deposit fee amount is shown on our page to apply for a new installation. We will not process the application until we have received this deposit.

If your installation is not removed within 5 days of its end date, we will remove it and send you an invoice for full costs.