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Temporary traffic restrictions for works and activities

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order or Notice (TTRO or TTRN) is required when you are carrying out road works or any activity on the public highway or a right of way and need to temporarily change how traffic and/or parking is regulated on a road or particular section.

If you need to close a private or unadopted road or right of way, you will need to contact the land owner(s). Closures of footways (pavements) running adjacent to the road are authorised through a road space booking.

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Lead times and charges

Works promoters can benefit from reduced fees by giving as much notice as possible and keeping the durations of the restriction to a minimum. The minimum standard notice period for any TTRO/N is 13 weeks, however with agreement, early starts may be granted so you should contact Dorset Highways first.

TTRO licence charges
Proposed duration of restrictionUrgency of work or activityNotice period given and where conditions are metCharge
Six days or more Planned
  • 13 weeks standard
  • no other conflicting works, events or activities
Six days or more


  • between 13 and six weeks notice
  • Dorset Highways' agreement to process
  • no other conflicting works, events or activities
Six days or more Planned
  • six weeks or less
  • Dorset Highways' agreement to process
  • no other conflicting works, events or activities

When consultation and advertising are required, the absolute minimum notice period permitted is six weeks.

One to five days Planned 13 weeks standard £450
One to five days Planned
  • more than six weeks notice
  • Dorset Highways' agreement to process
  • no other conflicting works, events or activities
One to five days Planned
  • six weeks or less
  • absolute minimum of four weeks notice
  • Dorset Highways' agreement to process
  • no other conflicting works, events or activities
Up to 21 days Unplanned (urgent/emergency work by definition) Immediate £700
Up to 24 hours

Unplanned (urgent/emergency work by definition)

Immediate £300

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Conditions of approval

  1. this form together with a copy of the traffic management plan showing the section of road, footpath or bridleway affected, along with diversion route (if applicable) must be submitted to Dorset Council (the highway authority or hereafter referred to as the "Authority") at least 13 weeks before the start date of the restriction (unless lesser notice is otherwise agreed by the Authority at its discretion)
  2. where required, signed diversion routes shall use only an equivalent (or above) classification of highway to the one being restricted, unless otherwise agreed with the Authority
    2a. Should the Authority, at its discretion, agree to the use of a highway at a lower classification for a signed diversion, the applicant shall indemnify the Authority for the highway in respect of any costs reasonably incurred by them relating to strengthening works or making good any damage occurring as a result of the diverted traffic
  3. the works promoter hereby request the Authority to make an Order to prohibit/restrict the use by vehicles, for a temporary period, of that part of the road as described which is affected by works which it is proposed to carry out, and to pay all costs of making the Order, including the posting of Notices on site (if required) and advertising of the Order in the local press (if required)
    3a. If the works and/or subsequent prohibitions are cancelled, relevant charges will still apply for the costs already incurred to the Authority
  4. the works promoter hereby indemnify the Authority against all claims however arising, which may be made against them by reason of making an Order and to defray all costs incurred as a result of such claims being made
  5. the works promoter agrees to provide, erect, maintain, and remove all temporary safety measures including all signs, lighting etc. required to protect the public and property at the site of the works and on the diversionary route, (if required), for the duration of the closure to the satisfaction of the Authority and to defray all costs incurred in the event of failure to do so
  6. the works promoter will inform all interested parties known to be affected by the proposed restriction, in advance, including personally notifying all frontagers on the length of highway concerned and ensure that acceptable alternative means of access to properties have been arranged and will be maintained through the duration of the restriction (if appropriate)
    6a. means of notification must also comprise advance publicity of the prohibition to the general local traffic affected the prohibition, through, but not necessarily limited to, the provision of advance warning temporary traffic signs placed on site two weeks prior to the prohibition coming in to force - unless otherwise agreed with the Authority
  7. an applicant's personal data and contact details may be used to meet the Authority's minimum obligations as described in the privacy notice
  8. the council reserves the right to revoke the licence, approval and/or any made TTRO at any time, and without notice, should any conditions not be adhered to or in the event of any unforeseen circumstances which risk damage to the highway, safety to the public, road users or road network management 
  9. any other case-by-case condition incurred on the applicant as specified by the council

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Apply for a temporary restriction for works and activities

Select the correct application form depending on the restriction you proposed to introduce

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