Statutory guidance

Co-ordinating street works

Code of practice for local authorities who have a duty to co-ordinate works in the highway, and for undertakers on how to co-operate in the process.


Code of practice for the co-ordination of street works and works for road purposes and related matters: April 2023

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This code of practice is intended to help local authorities co-ordinate works in the highway under section 59 of the New Roads and Street Works Act (1991) (NRSWA).

It also helps undertakers fulfil their duty to co-operate in this process, under section 60 of NRSWA.

The code provides practical guidance on the responsibilities of authorities and undertakers.

The fifth edition of the code came into force on 3 April 2023, replacing all previous versions. It reflects:

  • the introduction of permit schemes in almost every highway authority in England

  • the changes the government committed to implement following this consultation, in particular:

    • require up to date information on traffic management and lane closures to be sent to Street Manager and then published

    • include notifications about Section 58 and Section 58A/Schedule 3A road restrictions in Street Manager

    • require work start and stop notices to be sent within 2 hours at weekends.

    • highway authorities to submit start and stop notices for their works, so that up-to-date information is available via Street Manager

Published 19 August 2009
Last updated 31 March 2023 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect the fifth edition of the code, April 2023.

  2. Updated to feature 4th edition of code of practice.

  3. First published.