Road Opening Permit

A Road Opening Permit is required as per section 109 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, for anyone other than an Undertaker, (e.g. Scottish Gas, Scottish Water or BT), who requires to open up the public road or verge to carry out works, (e.g. footway and kerb work for driveway and road connections for housing developments).

Make an application

Completing your application

How to apply

Apply Online

or you can download a form here.

Forms can also be obtained by contacting us on 01546 605514

There is a fee for this permit, see these below.

*The completed application should be returned to the appropriate area office for processing at least seven working days prior to any proposed start date and works should only commence when in receipt of actual permit.

The information you supply will be used for the purpose for which you have provided it, and appropriate measures are in place to protect your personal data.  A full privacy notice, which provides information about your rights under current data protection legislation and details about what will happen to your personal data can be found here:

Contact Details

Contact Details


Postal Address/E Mail


Ian Thomson - Bute

110 High Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, PA20 0HD.

01700 501391
Dougie Lang - Kintyre

Burnet Building, St.John Street, Campbeltown, PA28 6BJ

01586 559028
Hugh McGregor - Oban, Lorn and the Isles

Jackson Quarry, Millpark Road Depot, Oban, PA34 4NH

01631 567937
David Hutchison - Helensburgh

Blackhill Depot, Luss Road, Helensburgh, G84 9EE

01436 658747
George Morrison - Helensburgh

Blackhill Depot, Luss Road, Helensburgh, G84 9EE

01436 657646

Brian Duncan - Mid Argyll

Manse Brae, Lochgilphead, PA31 8RD

01546 604424
Fred Hart -  Cowal

Victoria Road Depot, Dunoon, PA23 7AP

01369 708502
David Ferrier - IslayKilarrow House, Bowmore, Isle of Islay, PA43 7HW
01496 301362


Make an application


Road Opening Charges 2022/23

ActivityCharge 2022/23
Permission to open up Highway by non Statutory Organisations - Commercial (for new developments and service connections)£298.00
Permission to open up Highway by non Statutory Organisations - Residential (formation of vehicle access/dropped kerbs)£151.00


Inspections as a result of Road Openings

The Roads Authority may charge for inspections of any works where a permit has been granted. These charges are set by the Roads Authority and Utility Commission (Scotland) 

1st Inspection£36.00
Further Inspections (each inspection)£36.00