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Temporary traffic signals licence

How do I apply for a licence?

If you already have a user name and password you can apply for a licence via the Argonaut website.

Apply via the Argonaut website

If you do not have a user name or password, or have forgotten your login details, please send an email with your request to: streetworks@surreycc.gov.uk. The email will need to contain:

  • your company name and address
  • your contact details including name, email address and telephone number
  • a copy of your public liability insurance document as an attachment (a minimum of £10 million insurance is required)

When should I apply for a licence?

You must apply at least one week in advance. This is to ensure that the proposed works will not be in conflict with any others, and so that emergency services can be kept informed.

If you are working on the public highway and applying for a temporary traffic signals licence you may also require a road opening licence.

What are the terms and conditions?

If approved, the signals must operate in vehicle actuated mode and the signal heads must be positioned at locations visible to approaching traffic.

All temporary signing must be in accordance with chapter eight of the Traffic Signs Manual and information boards must be provided on site with telephone numbers for any enquiries.

What is the cost of the licence?

There is no charge for the licence to erect temporary traffic signals on the public highway.

However, if the switching off and back on permanent signals of any type is required, charges do apply.

Basic table of charges from 1 February 2019

Charge CategoryDetailsCharge
Normal Working Hours with over 24 hour advanced noticeRequest submitted with more than 24 hours prior notice for switch off/on in normal working hours 08:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday£483.50
Normal Working Hours with less than 24 hour advanced noticeRequest submitted with less than 24 hours prior notice for switch off/on in normal working hours 08:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday£785.00
Out Of Hours over 24 hours advanced noticeRequest submitted with more than 24 hours prior notice for switch off/on outside normal working hours 18:00 to 08:00 Monday to Friday, weekends and public holidays£562.00
Out Of Hours less than 24 hours advanced noticeRequest submitted with less than 24 hours prior notice for switch off/on outside normal working hours 18:00 to 08:00 Monday to Friday, weekends and public holidays£870.00

Charges are for a two visit "switch off and switch on" operation and a 30 minute window is allowed per visit. Should time be required over and above 30 minutes it will be charged at a rate of £59 per hour if during normal working hours and £77 per hour for out of hours. A minimum 1 hour charge will apply.

The charge includes £100 to cover the costs of administration by Surrey County Council staff. Once a request is made, if a change is required to either times or dates a £55 administration charge will be required along with any adjustment should the charge category change.

If you book a switch off/on activity and subsequently cancel you will still be charged the administration fee and you will also be charged the adjustment fee.

A purchase order number must be supplied at the time of request to enable us to invoice costs at the completion of works.

What documentation is required?

On the online application form available on the Argonaut website there is a section to include;

  • a method statement, explaining how the work will be carried out.
  • proof of £10 million public liability insurance, which is required when applying for a user name and password to access the online application form.

What if I have any queries, concerns or complaints?

If you have queries, concerns or complaints, you can contact us either online or by telephone.

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