Somerset County Council

Roadworks, street works and network management


We co-ordinate activities, such as street and roadworks, events, road closures and traffic movement on Somerset’s roads.

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Utility and cable companies
To maintain their pipes, cables or other apparatus, or to install new ones, all utility and cable companies, and licensed individuals have the right under the New Road and Streetworks Act 1991 to dig in the public highway.

They have to give us notice of proposed street works, including what they plan to do and when.

The notice they have to give us before they start work can vary from two hours to three months, depending what work they need to carry out.

  • Emergency or urgent works – must be notified two hours before starting
  • Minor works that will take less than 4 days - must be notified 3 days before starting
  • Standard works that will take between 4 and 10 days – must be notified 10 days before starting
  • Major works that will take more than 10 days – must be notified 3 months before starting

As part of these works, they may need to close the road for safety. Where this is needed they must notify us three months in advance so that we can process a legal order. 

We make a decision based on the location, duration, time of year and scope of the works to help minimise disruption. Each year we receive about 57,000 notices telling us about proposed works on the highway. Our team of streetworks inspectors must inspect 30% of these, and provide records of evidence for highways activities to minimise public expenditure. Action may be taken, where required, so that companies stick to their legal requirements.

We may stop companies digging up roads after we have carried out major or substantial reconstruction, but the utilities companies may revoke this in an emergency or where a customer has requested a service or alteration to that service after the embargo starts. You can find more information on our Substantial Roadworks list (section 58) page.

We monitor their works and report things like defective covers that have not been adequately maintained.

Road surfaces
We maintain a road’s structure by carrying out one of three separate processes to do what is best needed for a particular place.

  • Resurfacing – putting a new layer on the surface of the road, usually to improve grip, drainage and skid resistance.
  • Surface dressing – putting a new thin layer on the surface to seal the road against water and provide improved texture and skid resistance.
  • Patching - localised repairs to the road surface. 

You can find out more about surface dressing and view our surface dressing programme on Travel Somerset.

Adopted roads
All roads that are adopted are maintained by Somerset County Council. The Roads Records Team can provide details of adopted roads in Somerset. 

You can find more information on our Road records page.

See our register
Anyone can see our streetworks register by appointment, free of charge, during normal working hours. You can find more information about current road and streetworks on Travel Somerset


Contact: Streetworks 
Address: Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Customer Contact Opening Hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and 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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