If you want to place temporary traffic lights or stop and go boards on the public highway, you must have a licence. This may be as well as other licences required for your proposed works. Anyone can apply for a licence, but we usually receive requests from contractors in charge of the works.

Temporary traffic lights may be used for safeguarding the public and people at work.

You can apply for a licence here.

Each application costs £28.50 and this covers:

  • Administration
  • Review of submitted site traffic management plans

Where further details or officer time is required there may be an extra cost.

Apply for the use of portable traffic signals or stop/go boards

This form has 6 pages and will take approximately 8 minutes to complete.

Your application

Please read the application form carefully and include everything we need to process the application. The application may be delayed if we do not have enough information, (including maps).

Please include your payment with your application. (Please make cheques payable to Somerset Council).

Please note – the time we take to process your application (10 working days) only begins when we receive a fully completed application.

We may contact you if we need any more information. The review is generally a desktop study of the potential impact and safety provided. Occasionally, we may carry out a site visit.

We may set conditions for the licence if we see any potential problems with the position or operation of the lights.

You will receive your licence by post, which will include the authorisation and a unique reference number.

Please note that we do not install or supply equipment.

You can view our streetworks register by appointment, free of charge, during normal working hours. Please contact us to arrange an appointment.

Applying on behalf of a statutory undertaker

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If you are applying on behalf of a statutory undertaker this application incurs no charge. If you are not a statutory undertaker, for example, if you are a member of the public please enclose a cheque for £28.50 made payable to Somerset Council.


Last reviewed: April 28, 2023 by Paul

Next review due: October 28, 2023

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