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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice.

Traffic counting and survey equipment on the highway licence

You must apply for a licence to place traffic counting and surveying equipment on the highway.

Any unauthorised equipment that is found could be removed immediately and returned to you once we receive payment of a licence fee. 

These licences will still be processed on the assumption that applicants/third parties recognise that traffic flow data obtained may not be representative of normal traffic patterns, as these have changed due to COVID-19 and Government guidance on travel.

Apply for a licence

You must apply at least 2 weeks before the equipment is due to be placed on the highway.

Cost and payment

It costs £80 for per USRN (unique street reference number) where equipment is to be placed.

You'll be notified of the total charge before we request payment.

Credit/debit card payment

We recommend secure, fast telephone payment via a credit or debit card. If you choose to pay by card, we will invite you to contact us by phone to make a payment once your application has been approved.


We will invite you to send a signed cheque if your application is approved. Make it payable to Dorset Council for the agreed sum, and send it to Traffic Team, Dorset Highways, County Hall, Collition Park, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ. Please specify the works reference provided on approval on the reverse of the cheque.

Conditions of consent 

  1. A licence is valid for a maximum of 14 days
  2. A £5m minimum public liability insurance is required along with street works accreditation
  3. A method statement should accompany the application
  4. The Licensee shall ensure that the equipment is installed and inspected by a competent and responsible person
  5. The applicant shall not allow the equipment to be placed any longer than is necessary
  6. Equipment must not be left in such a location that causes undue obstruction of the highway
  7. Equipment must be removed promptly upon completion of the survey (with 24 hours of the licence expiring) or whenever required by Dorset Council
  8. Faulty or dangerous equipment must be removed immediately upon request or will be removed by Dorset Council
  9. This consent cannot be taken as authorising the creation of a nuisance or a danger to users of the highway
  10. Equipment should clearly display a 24/7 contact name and telephone number, for public use
  11. The highway shall be left in a clean and tidy condition on removal of the equipment. Any damage shall be reported to Dorset Council and repaired in accordance with agreed details
  12. Equipment must not be attached to street lighting columns without approval from Dorset Council and it's contractor

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