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Section 184 Licence

1. COVID-19 update

We're currently experiencing delays in processing high volumes of applications.

Every effort is being made to communicate potential delays and minimise them. Where it's considered appropriate, officers will make contact to seek an extension of time.

Please be patient in seeking updates on the status of applications. We do not respond to letters of representation.

 

Traffic surveys

Following government advice, and due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we're experiencing a drop in traffic levels on the highway network and the use of public transport. 

As a result, Highways Development Management Officers will not be accepting any survey data obtained from 17 March 2020 until further notice. 

Speed surveys will be considered on a case by case basis.

2. Section 184 Licence

Picture of a private road access

A Section 184 Agreement (Highways Act 1980) requires a developer to enter into an Agreement with the Highway Authority for the construction or alteration of an access relating to a new development. The cost of a Section 184 is £1900.

Developers are required to produce a quotation from their contractor to show the value of the highway work.

Any access serving less than 3 residential properties will be covered by a private licence.

 

Downloads

Agricultural Design Guidance & specification

Commercial Design Guidance & specification

Industrial Design Guidance & specification

Technical Design Information PDF, 154KB

Surfacing Material Selection Tool

 

Apply for a Section 184

 

Coronavirus - traffic surveys

Following Government advice we are experiencing a drop in traffic levels on the highway network and the use of public transport due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation. 

As a result, Highways Development Management Officers will not be accepting any survey data obtained from today (17 March 2020) until further notice. 

Speed surveys will be considered on a case by case basis.

 

3. Section 278 Agreement

Photo showing a high street

A Section 278 Agreement (Highways Act 1980) requires a developer to enter into an agreement with the Highway Authority for alterations of the public highway relating to a new development.

Commencement on site will only be permitted when:

  • the agreement is signed
  • all technical details have been approved
  • all necessary fees have been paid 

For further information regarding Section 278 Agreements, email highwaysdm@buckinghamshire.gov.uk.

 

Road Safety Audits

For the majority of schemes a Stage 1 and 2 Road Safety Audit is required. The cost of the audit must be fully borne by the developer. The council can provide this service via Transport for Buckinghamshire who are able to undertake Road Safety Audits.

For further information regarding Road Safety Audits, please email roadsafety@buckinghamshire.gov.uk.

 

Downloads

Section 278 guidance notes HTML

Section 278 Application Form PDF, 160KB

Technical Design Information PDF, 154KB

Surfacing Material Selection Tool

 

4. Section 38 Agreement

Housing estate

A Section 38 Agreement (Highways Act 1980) requires a developer to enter into an agreement with the Highway Authority for the construction of new roads and footways to be offered for adoption.

We will not normally process an application for a Section 38 agreement until planning approval has been issued for 'full or reserved matters'. 

Until a road is adopted, it's maintenance remains the responsibility of either the:

  • developer/ owner
  • home owners along the road

For further information regarding Section 38 Agreements email highwaysdm@buckinghamshire.gov.uk.

 

Downloads

Section 38 guidance notes HTML

Section 38 Application Form PDF, 125KB

Technical Design Information PDF, 154KB

Surfacing Material Selection Tool

 

5. Road space booking

Buckinghamshire has a vast network of roads linking our towns and villages to strategic/national routes. The county council, as Highway Authority, manages this network by insisting that all road works are booked onto our road space booking system. This allows us to co-ordinate works effectively to ensure traffic disruption is kept to a minimum and that we can control the road network in times of emergency.

It is an offence under the Traffic Management Act 2004 to carry out works within the public highway without prior consent from the Highway Authority. Works carried out within Buckinghamshire in contravention to this Act with be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice in accordance with the Department for Transport NRSWA 1991: Code of Practice for the Co-ordination of Street Works.

Any works planned within the public highway must have an approved road space booking.

Booking road space avoids conflicts with others planning to do work at the same time and ensures impact to the local vicinity is kept to a minimum.

Please ensure you have the appropriate licence/Agreement in place before booking road space to carry out the works.

If you are booking road space that isn’t related to a section 184/278 agreement, you will need to apply for a road space booking through our Highways Licences page.

 

Apply for a road space booking

It costs £160 per road space booking.

Inaccurate or incomplete applications may cause delays and further fees, please ensure that you have all the relevant documentation when you apply.

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Apply for a retrospective road space booking

It costs £340 per retrospective road space booking.

Inaccurate or incomplete applications may cause delays and further fees, please ensure that you have all the relevant documentation when you apply.

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