Swindon permit scheme

Swindon Borough Council, as a highway authority, has a regulatory duty to manage and control the increasing demand on Swindon’s road network. This demand is from both road users and those individuals and organisations that need to maintain the roads and essential services located underneath or on the road itself.

The Traffic Management Act (2004) established the council’s regulatory duty to manage this network, and Part 3 of the Act allows for a council to introduce a permit scheme via a legal order to deliver this duty.

What is a permit scheme?

Under a permit scheme, any individual or organisation intending to carry out permissible works on the road has to make an application to the council for a permit. The council has the power to grant or refuse a permit, as well as applying conditions to the permit in relation to how and when the works are carried out.

Through these powers, the council will be able to coordinate and control works on the road more effectively.

We will introduce the Swindon Borough Council Permit Scheme, on Thursday, 9 September 2021 via a Legal Order which can be viewed below.

Objective and benefits of a permit scheme

The main objective for the introduction of a permit scheme is to ensure all works are planned and coordinated to minimise any disruption and impact they could have. As part of the council’s network management strategy, more effective control of road works could help the council achieve the following benefits:

  • improving journey times and reliability for all Swindon’s road users
  • reducing the congestion caused by road works
  • improving the information available on works, including advanced warning and duration
  • improving safety for those undertaking works and travelling through works
  • reducing damage caused to the road

Further information

A copy of the permit scheme and associated reference documents can be found below.

Requests for further information on the permit scheme or related processes can be emailed to: permitscheme@swindon.gov.uk or sent via letter to the council, marked for the attention of 'Street Works'.

Permit scheme and reference documents:

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