Licences for constructions over the highway
This page contains information about the construction of a building and the placement of apparatus over highways.
Construction of part of a building over the highway
The Highways Act 1980 - Section 177
If you want to construct part of a building over any part of the highway including the footpath (a good example is the walkway over the entrance to the Prince Bishop's multi-storey car park in Durham City) or simply a bay window for a residential property, you will need permission. This permission is in the form of a licence issued under Section 177 of the Highways Act 1980 to carry out works over the highway. A licence will be granted only if the situation doesn't interfere with or inconvenience people using the highway.
If you want to alter a building constructed over the highway, you will also need to apply to us for permission to carry out the work. A licence fee is payable.
Apparatus over the highway
The Highways Act 1980 - Section 178
If you would like to place a beam, rail, pipe, cable, wire or any other apparatus over, along or across the highway you should contact us as the Highway Authority to ask permission. You will need a licence issued under Section 178 of the Highways Act 1980. This would include, for example, hanging a cable from your house to a garage situated across the road. If you are in any doubt about fixing something above the public highway you should contact us for advice. A licence fee is charged.
You may also need a licence under S178 of the Highways Act 1980 to install CCTV cameras in the highway or to place a CCTV camera on a building that runs alongside the highway.
How to apply
To apply for any of these licences, please write to us. Your application should include:
- details of the owner of the building
- a description of the apparatus or construction over the highway
- a plan of the proposed location of the apparatus or construction.
- Network Management
- 03000 267 100
Our address is:
- Regeneration and Local Services
- Durham County Council
- County Hall
- County Durham
- United Kingdom
- DH1 5UQ
- 0191 383 4128