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:
- 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.
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.