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Dorset Council highways charges

Charges for the financial year 2019 to 2020

Licensing highway obstructions on or over the highway

Licensing highway obstructions on or over the highway (no-waiting cones, skips, scaffolding, hoarding, cafe chairs/tables, planters/statues) charges
ActivityVAT CodeFee/ChargeLicence / Agreement Period and Comments
Supply of no waiting cones Standard rate (T9)
  • Up to 25 cones £45
  • Per cone (over 25) £1.50
  • Per cone to buy £7
  • 0-5 miles delivery £23
  • 5-10 miles delivery £44
  • 10+ miles delivery £67
Require one weeks notice.
Cones are not legally enforceable.
No charge for pick up, but a charge for delivery of cones.
Cones not returned or damaged will be charged at buying cost.
Placing a skip on the highway Outside Scope (T0) £70 14 days
Erect scaffolding on the highway Outside Scope (T0) £70 28 days
Temporary deposit of materials on the highway - Section 171 of the Highways Act Outside Scope (T0) £70 28 days
Renewal of skip, scaffold or materials licence Outside Scope (T0) £35 50% of original licence period.
Non removal of skip, scaffold or materials at end of licence period Outside Scope (T0) £70 Per offence
Highway enforcement inspections Outside Scope (T0) £57.50 Per inspection
Removal of other highway obstructions - Section 115 of the Highways Act Outside Scope (T0) £57.50 Per obstruction
Storage of illegal signs and other highway obstructions Standard Rate (T9) £1 Per sign, per day
Erect hoarding Outside Scope (T0) £57.50 28 days
Inspection of hoardings Outside Scope (T0) £57.50 Per inspection
Renewal of hoardings Outside Scope (T0) £57.50 Per renewal. 50% of original licence period.
New application - Sitting out licence for café Outside Scope (T0) £303 Per application (not including licences for Weymouth and Portland area or The Square, Wimborne)
Renewal - Sitting out licence for café Outside Scope (T0) £182 Per application (not including licences for Weymouth and Portland area or The Square, Wimborne)
New application - General licensing of private infrastructure on the highway (e.g. planters, statues) Outside Scope (T0) £296 Per application
Renewal - General licensing of private infrastructure on the highway (e.g. planters, statues) Outside Scope (T0) £178 Per application
Structures over the highway - including cranes, cables and banners Outside Scope (T0) £42 Per hour, per application. Free to charities
Opening of highway for works other than street works (vehicle crossings, etc) - Section 171 Outside Scope (T0) £290 Per application. Application fee includes three site visits to inspect the location before, during and after the work is carried out. If we carry out the work on your behalf, a percentage of the fee will be incorporated within the overall cost of the works - as inspections will be carried out internally
Licences to cultivate the highway - planting trees and shrubs Outside Scope (T0) £70 Per application

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Dropped kerbs

Dropped kerb charges
ActivityVat CodeFee/ChargeLicence / Agreement Period and Comments
Vehicles crossing over footways and verges - Section 184 of the Highways Act (dropped kerbs) Outside Scope (T0) £290 Per application. Application fee includes 3 site visits to inspect the location before, during and after the work is carried out. If we carry out the work on your behalf, a percentage of the fee will be incorporated within the overall cost of the works - as inspections will be carried out internally

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Cellars

Cellar charges
ActivityVat CodeFee/ChargeLicence / Agreement Period and Comments
Control of construction cellars Outside Scope (T0) £54 or £69 Per application (hourly rate -dependent on level of officer required)
Control of openings to cellars Outside Scope (T0) £54 or £69 Per application (hourly rate - dependent on level of officer required)

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New Roads and Streetworks Act (NRSWA)

New Roads and Streetworks Act (NRSWA), road closures and works and events on the highway charges
ActivityVat CodeFee/ChargeLicence / Agreement Period and Comments
Street Works - Installation of new service (section 50 licences) Outside Scope (T0) £475 Per application. 

Up to 200m and one per each unique street reference number (USRN). Additional £150 per each 200m above the initial 200m. One application per each USRN.

Street Works - Repair of service (section 50 licences) Outside Scope (T0) £300 Per application
NRSWA ad-hoc inspection fees Outside Scope (T0) £50 Per inspection
NRSWA defective reinstatements Outside Scope (T0) £47.50 First site visit - higher charge for subsequent visits
NRSWA sec 74 charges Outside Scope (T0) £100 - £10,000 Per day, cost depends on different types of work & road category
Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders Outside Scope (T0) £1,100 Per TTRO, includes administration fee and advertising costs
Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders - where applications are received under 6 weeks before commencing Outside Scope (T0) £1,350 Per TTRO, includes administration fee and advertising costs. (Applications should be submitted 13 weeks in advance. Late applications impact on resources and coordination of work).
Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice (TTRN) for planned works up to five days or emergency closures up to 21 days Outside Scope (T0) £400 Per TTRN
Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice (TTRN) for planned works up to five days or emergency closures up to 21 days - where applications are received under 6 weeks before commencing Outside Scope (T0) £650 Per TTRN (Late applications impact on resources and coordination of works).
Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice (TTRN) for short duration emergencies less than 24 hours Outside Scope (T0) £250 Per TTRN
Temporary Traffic Regulation Order for special commercial events Outside Scope (T0)
  • Major Event £400
  • Significant Event £350
  • Minor Event £275
  • Small Event £200
Per event - advertising costs may be added if the event needs advertising.
Temporary Traffic Regulation Order for special 'not for profit organisation' events Outside Scope (T0)
  • Major Event £225
  • Significant Event £175
  • Minor Event £140
  • Small Event £75
Per event - advertising costs may be added if the event needs advertising.
Temporary Traffic Regulation Order for special charitable or ceremonial events Outside Scope (T0)
  • Major Event £150
  • Significant Event £100
  • Minor Event £75
  • Small Event £25
Per event - advertising costs may be added if the event needs advertising.
Road space booking for USRN (unique street reference number) Outside Scope (T0)
  • First USRN £25
  • Per Extra USRN £1
Per application

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Vehicle inspection, testing and services

Vehicle inspection, testing and services charges
ActivityVat CodeFee/ChargeLicence / Agreement Period and Comments
Vehicle MOT's Outside Scope (T0)
  • class 1 and 2 (Bikes) £20
  • class 4 (Cars & Motor homes under 6 metres) £40
  • class 4 (Cars & Motor homes over 6 metres in length) £54.85
  • class 5 & 7 (Minibus) £50
  • class 5 (bus, 13 to 16 seats) £59.55
  • class 5 (bus, more than 16 seats) £80.65
Per MOT
Vehicle repairs & maintenance Standard Rate (T9) £60 Per hour plus parts
Vehicle servicing Standard Rate (T9) £60 Per hour plus parts
Vehicle fabrication Standard Rate (T9) £60 Per hour plus parts
Vehicle inspections Standard Rate (T9) £60 Per hour (unless signed up to minibus inspection scheme)
Minibus inspection scheme for schools and academies Standard Rate (T9) £354 Annual service level agreement

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Collision data

Accident data charges
ActivityVat CodeFee/ChargeLicence / Agreement Period and Comments
Collision data - General public and consultant requests Standard Rate (T9) £100 Per enquiry for de-personalised accident data and/or statistics
Collision data - General public/consultant  requests - maps and automatic data Standard Rate (T9) £80 For a location map, plotting the accidents

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Traffic signals and control

Traffic signals charges
ActivityVat CodeFee/ChargeLicence / Agreement Period and Comments
Traffic Signals - Letter to solicitor Standard Rate (T9) £151.50 Per application
Traffic Signals - Plans and timings to solicitor Standard Rate (T9) £151.50 Per application (discount for both plans and timings combined)
Traffic Signals - Plans to solicitor Standard Rate (T9) £78.50 Per application
Traffic Signals - Timings to solicitor Standard Rate (T9) £78.50 Per application
Traffic signals - 1E document Standard Rate (T9) £130.50 Per application
Traffic Control Centre mobilisation for events Outside Scope (T0) £36, £54, or £69 Per hour, rate dependent on level of officer required.

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Traffic counting and data

Traffic counting and data charges
ActivityVat CodeFee/ChargeLicence / Agreement Period and Comments
Traffic counting equipment on the highway licence Outside scope (T0) £75

Charge is made for each street (Unique Street Reference Number) where equipment is to be placed.

Unauthorised equipment will be removed, returnable upon payment of a licence fee.

Several conditions to be met before consent is given.

Licence is valid for a maximum of 14 days.

Manual traffic counts - 4/5 arm junction or roundabout Standard Rate (T9) £150

Per 12 hour day. Fees may be subject to change dependant on amount/type of data requested.

For existing data, new surveys are quoted on application.

Manual traffic counts - 3 arm junction or roundabout Standard Rate (T9) £125

Per 12 hour day. As above, fees may be subject to change

For existing data, new surveys are quoted on application.

Manual traffic counts - link count Standard Rate (T9) £100

Per 12 hour day. As above, fees may be subject to change

For existing data, new surveys are quoted on application.

Automatic traffic counts - up to 2 weeks per site Standard Rate (T9) £100

Per site. Additional data is charged at £50 per week. As above, fees may be subject to change.

For existing data, new surveys are quoted on application.

Traffic counts - any data over 6 years old Standard Rate (T9) £50

Per application. Per survey or up to 2 weeks automatic count data. As above, fees may be subject to change.

For existing data, new surveys are quoted on application.

Supply of noise data to third parties Standard Rate (T9) £54 Per hour, per application (historic data.) Approximately two hours work required. New noise surveys can be carried out on request with charges calculated on an individual basis.

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Planning and development works

Planning and development works charges
ActivityVat CodeFee/ChargeLicence / Agreement Period and Comments
Section 38 Agreement - Highways Act
  • Outside Scope (T0)
  • Non-signal schemes under £100,000: £3,000
  • Non-signal schemes over £100,000: £6,000

Per application / initial non-refundable deposit. Total Project Administration Fee - 8.5% of the default cost plus the actual cost of any additional structural design checking.

Note: commuted sums may also be levied in accordance with DCC's guidance on Commuted Sums.

Extension of existing Section 38 Agreement - Highways Act Outside Scope (T0) £290 Per application. In addition to the extension fee an estimated charge will be made for further inspections depending on the stage and duration of further construction works. Any balance/over estimate will be returned at final completion
Section 278 Agreement - Highways Act Outside Scope (T0)
  • Non-signal schemes under £100,000: £3,000
  • Non-signal schemes over £100,000: £6,000
  • Signal schemes under £100,000: £5,000
  • Signal schemes over £100,000: £10,000
Total Project Administration Fee4.5% of the default works cost plus actual cost of design checking, and site inspections.

Note; commuted sums may also be levied in accordance with DCC's guidance on Commuted Sums.
Section 278 Agreement - Highways Act
Minor works agreement
Outside Scope (T0) 8.5% of the estimated construction cost Per application, plus legal costs where land dedication is necessary
Section 219-225 Advance Payment Code - Highways Act
Private roads - Technical approval of non adoptable specification
Outside Scope (T0) 3.5% of the default works cost plus the actual cost of any further non-standard design checking Per application
Section 219-225 Advance Payment Code - Highways Act
Private roads - Technical approval of adoptable specification
Outside Scope (T0) 8.5% of the default cost plus the actual cost of any additional structural design checking Per application
Land drainage consent under the Flood and Water Management Act Outside Scope (T0) £50 Per application, fixed by central government.
Pre-planning application advice for surface water (strategic development) Standard Rate (T9)
  • Site screening: £200
  • Written advice: £500
  • Meeting and writing advice: £750

Subsequent advice on amendments:

  • Written: £200
  • Meeting and written: £400

Per Application.

40 or more dwellings. Site area more than 1.0 ha. More than 2500m (squared) floor space

Pre-planning application advice for surface water (major development) Standard Rate (T9)
  • Site Screening: £100
  • Written Advice: £250
  • Meeting & Written Advice: £500

Subsequent Advice on Amendments:

  • Written: £100
  • Meeting & Written: £300

10 more dwellings
Site area more than 0.5ha where number of dwellings unknown
More than 1000m (squared) floor space

Freedom of Information (FOI) Requests If a public authority supplies information that it is not obliged by this Act or by other statutory requirements to provide, the supply is standard rated (T9).
If the only source of information is the public authority to which the request is made, then the charges for providing the information can be treated as outside scope (T0).
£450 - £925 Per application for over 18 hours work.
£450 minimum threshold.
£25 per hour of officer time.
More information available:  Access to information - fees policy
Transport development pre-application advice (residential development) Standard Rate (T9)
  • One to nine dwellings: £350
  • 10 - 49 dwellings: £750
  • 50 - 80 dwellings: £1,200
  • More than 81 dwellings: £2,000
Fees are determined according to the type and scale of proposed development. For mixed-use development or if your proposal does not fit the categories listed, please contact the Transport Development Management team for further advice.
Transport development pre-application advice (Commercial and retail development) Standard rate (T9)
  • Up to 100m (squared): £350
  • 101-500m (squared): £750
  • 501 - 1,999m (squared): £1,200
  • More than 2000m (squared): £2,000
Fees are determined according to the type and scale of proposed development. For mixed-use development or if your proposal does not fit the categories listed, please contact the Transport Development Management team for further advice.

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Highway and land searches

Highway and land searches charges
ActivityVat CodeFee/ChargeLicence / Agreement Period and Comments
Highway information and rights of way searches - solicitors and professionals Standard rate (T9) £35 Per application.
Common land registry and town/village green registry enquiries Standard rate (T9) £35 Per enquiry.
Highway information and rights of way searches - personal search enquiries Standard rate (T9) £15 Per enquiry. Usually seven questions per search. £5 administration fee applicable for personal search companies. Cost for District/Boroughs and personal search companies.
Stopping up of Highway or PROW Outside scope (T0) £4,000 (on average) Each application is different although we generally advise a £4,000 starting price for an unopposed application which could go upwards 
Technical responses to land searches (private street works) Standard rate (T9) £36, £54, £69 Per application (hourly rate - dependent on level of officer required)

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Disabled parking bays

Disabled parking bay charges
ActivityVat CodeFee/ChargeLicence / Agreement Period and Comments
Disabled parking bays Outside Scope (T0) £215 Per application

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Community and tourism signing

ActivityVat CodeFee/ChargeLicence / Agreement Period and Comments
Tourism signs - stage 1  - application Outside Scope (T0) £280 Minimum non refundable application fee.  Further charge will be made for actual design, manufacturing & installation of the sign.
Community signs - stage 1 - application Outside Scope (T0) £100 Minimum non refundable application fee.  Further charge will be made for actual design, manufacturing & installation of the sign
Community and tourism signs - stage 2 - provision of signs
(supplied and installed by Highways Operations)
Standard Rate (T9) At cost plus 10% administration fee Per application
Community and tourism signs - stage 3 - maintenance Standard Rate (T9) All future maintenance costs will be met by the applicant. Quote to be provided on request to the highways sign shop. If signs/posts are damaged repairs/replacement costs will be met by the applicant. Applicants are recommended to take out insurance to cover these outcomes.

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Parking and parking permits

Parking permit charges
ActivityVat CodeFee/ChargeLicence / Agreement Period and Comments
Residents only parking permits Outside Scope (T0)
(Only If On-Street, Standard Rate if Off-Street)
  • 12 months £70
  • 6 months £40
Per permit
Visitors parking permits Outside Scope (T0)
(Only If On-Street, Standard Rate if Off-Street)
£16 Per book of 20.

Concession charge of £8 for people aged over 60.
Within DCC operational area.
Health care permits Outside Scope (T0) (Only If On-Street, Standard Rate if Off-Street) £10 Per permit (12 month duration)
Builders Parking Waivers Outside Scope (T0)
(Only If On-Street, Standard Rate if Off-Street)
  • First Day £10
  • Subsequent Days £7.50
Per waiver, per day.

Half day waivers are also available:
First day £5
Subsequent half days £3.75.
Provision of white lines - drive access protection (5m length) Outside Scope (T0) £200 Per application

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