Somerset County Council

Roadworks, street works and network management


We have a statutory duty to co-ordinate activities on the highway, such as street and roadworks, events, road closures and traffic movement on Somerset's highway network.

Statutory undertakers have a corresponding duty to co-operate with us by giving notice of proposed street works.

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Before digging up the public highway, companies must let us know what they intend to do and on what dates they are going to work.

The notice that they have to give us before they start work can vary from as little as two hours up to three months, depending on the work they need to carry out.

We consider the location, duration, time of year and scope of the works.  This allows a co-ordinated approach to sharing road space and minimising disruption. 

  • Each year we receive approximately 57,000 notices from Statutory Undertakers telling us of their actions in relation to their works on the highway.

  • We are legally required to inspect 30% to ensure compliance.

  • These inspections are carried out by our team of Streetworks Inspectors.

  • We provide records of evidence for highways activities to minimise public expenditure on highway rectifications.

  • Enforcement action may be taken, where required, to ensure companies adhere to their legislative requirements.

We may place embargos on roads after we have carried out major or substantial reconstruction, however the Statutory Undertakers may revoke this embargo in an emergency or where a customer has requested a service or alteration to that service after the embargo comes into effect.  More details may be found on our Substantial Roadworks list (section 58) page in Related services.

Anyone can view our Streetworks register by appointment, free of charge, during normal working hours. You can find further information on current road and streetworks on and on our pages listed in Related services.

In order to maintain their existing pipes, cables or other apparatus or to install new ones, all Statutory Undertakers (utility and cable companies) and licensed individuals have a legal right under the New Road and Street Works Act 1991 to dig in the public highway .

We will actively monitor their works and report instances, inclusive of defective covers that have not been adequately maintained.

Laws and regulation
New Roads and Streetworks Act 1991
Traffic Management Act 2004 
Network Management Duty 

The notice period required to carry out work depends on the type of work involved; 

  • Emergency/Urgent works - Notifiable within two hours of commencement

  • Minor works of less than 4 days work - Notifiable 3 days prior to commencement

  • Standard works between 4 and 10 days work - Notifiable 10 days prior to commencement

  • Major works of more than 10 days duration - Notifiable 3 months prior to commencement  

As part of these works they may need to close the road in the interest of safety. Where this is required then they must notify us three months in advance so that we may process a legal order for them to do so. All of the above are subject to a change by agreement or legislation.


Address: Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY
Contact no: 0300 123 2224
Fax: 01823 357551
Customer Contact opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm, Sunday closed.
Streetworks opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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