The Traffic Management Permit Scheme

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Surrey permit scheme

Surrey has some of the busiest roads in the country. As the Highway Authority for the county, one of our key aims is to cut congestion and minimise disruption for road users.

One of the ways we improve the management of the road network is through our Traffic Management Permit Scheme March 2017 (PDF). This helps us plan and schedule works in an efficient way to reduce delays and congestion.

Anyone who carries out scheduled, non-emergency works on roads in Surrey, needs to apply to Surrey County Council for a permit in advance using the form at the bottom of this page.

As the Highways Authority for the county, we grant permits, apply conditions to a permit application or refuse a request until a more suitable time.

The scheme excludes motorways and trunk roads which are managed by Highways England.

The objectives of the permit scheme

Surrey County Council has a duty under Section 59 of The New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA) to co-ordinate works of all kinds. And under Section 16 of the Traffic Management Act (2004) we are required to keep traffic moving on our roads.

The strategic objectives for the permit scheme are in our Local Transport Plan:

  • To help people to meet their transport and travel needs effectively, reliably, safely and sustainably within Surrey; in order to promote economic vibrancy, protect and enhance the environment and improve the quality of life.

We aim to achieve this through better planning, scheduling and management of all road activities. This helps avoid traffic disruption, maximises the safe and efficient use of road space, and provides reliable journey times. This scheme also helps us to do the following:

  • Ensure our communities are safe and daily life can continue with limited disruption.
  • Ensure residents with disabilities can continue to get around easily.
  • Improve public satisfaction.
  • Encourage a proactive attitude to works on the roads and pavements, so we can move forward in a constructive way.
  • Protect the structure of the street and the integrity of equipment in it such as street lighting, traffic systems and utilities.

Out of hours working

When planned works are undertaken out of hours the local Environmental Health Authority should be consulted, see below for contact information


Contact number

Email address


01372 474750

Epsom and Ewell

01372 732000


01483 444371

Mole Valley

01306 885001

Reigate and Banstead

01737 276131


01932 425131 / 01932 425060


01784 446251 / 01784 446291

Surrey Heath

01276 707330


01883 732849 / 01883 732848


01483 523393


01483 743653

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