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).

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

Please email all enquiries to:


Road Opening Charges 2022/23

Activity Charge 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) 

Road opening charges
Description Cost
1st Inspection £36.00
Further Inspections (each inspection) £36.00
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