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Yorkshire Common Permit Scheme


Roadworks directly or indirectly affect everyone. The Yorkshire Common Permit Scheme is intended to deliver public benefits by minimising the inconvenience and disruption caused by road works to all road users.

Permit schemes replace part of the existing New Roads and Street Works Act noticing system. On the affected permit streets, instead of informing Leeds City Council of their intention to carry out work, an activity promoter must apply for a permit which sets out how the work will be undertaken to minimise disruption.

Who Needs a Permit?

Anyone carrying out works in a permit street needs a permit. This includes works by utility companies and works carried out by Leeds City Council and its partners. It does not include activities such as builders’ skips and scaffolding where the existing arrangements will be maintained.


The Yorkshire Common Permit Scheme Deregulation

Minor changes are required to the Leeds City Council Permit Scheme to comply with the Traffic Management Permit Scheme (England) (Amendments) Regulations 2015. These changes will come into force on 1 October 2015. Information relating to this, including the revised Yorkshire Permit Scheme document, can be found on the documents section of this page.

Permit fees

The current scale of permit fees that apply in Leeds is included in the Leeds Supplementary Information Document. The fees are reviewed each year. The Outcome of the fee review for the period from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014 is that the permit fees should remain unchanged until the next fee review is undertaken. â€‹


Conditions and Statutory Requirements for Immediate Activities

The following condition applies to immediate activities in the period between starting work on site and the activity promoter receiving a permit:

  • Portable traffic signals will be controlled manually during traffic sensitive times as stated on the local street gazetteer.

It is a requirement of the scheme that the activity promoter shall apply for a permit within 2 hours of starting or by 10.00 am the next working day.

It is a requirement of the scheme that promoters carrying out immediate activities on streets designated as requiring early notification are required to contact the Permit Authority, by telephone, immediately, notwithstanding the duty to submit a permit application within two hours. Not all category 0-2 and traffic sensitive streets have been so designated, but only those most susceptible to unplanned disruptions. These designated streets have been indicated with an ASD record in the NSG which includes the contact telephone number(s).

Permit Register

You can check a register of permits and notices by following this link; www.leeds.gov.uk/streetworks


Contact Details 

For advice on the permit scheme or to discuss any immediate activity you may be undertaking please contact;

0113 247 5679 or 0113 395 0599 or email swpermits@leeds.gov.uk

Information for Activity Promoters

Further Information for activity promoters is available by following the link in related pages to Permit Information.

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