Streetworks, licences and dropped crossings

Street works

Officers monitor and offer advice on working in the highway and the permissions required to protect contractors and members of the public whilst on the highway network. They ensure that business and individuals comply with legal obligations and work safely and efficiently to minimise disruption.

The Streetworks team work closely with utility companies (Yorkshire Water, Transco, Northern Powergrid etc.), Police and bus companies. This is to ensure works are done efficiently with minimal disruption and damaged apparatus is repaired as quickly as possible.

Road closures and diversions

The nature of some highway works, or some large deliveries, will require a road to be closed and an alternative route put in place. Road closures are managed by our Streetworks team, who will issue the necessary Traffic Regulation Orders to close a road, subject to the relevant charge.

During a road closure it is the responsibility of the applicant to sign and maintain the diversion route, which should be agreed with the Streetworks team, in accordance with chapter 8 of the: Department of Transport: Traffic signs manual .

To find out about roadworks in your area, see: Roadworks .


The current fee for a temporary road closure is £760.

How to apply

To apply for a temporary road closure, contact Streetworks with full details:


Contractors wishing to carry out an excavation in the adopted highway or footway within Calderdale will need to make an official application. They will need to hold full accreditation under the New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA) 1991 to work on the public highway.


Depending on the nature of the work, contractors wishing to excavate an adopted highway, or footway, need to apply for:

  • a 'Private Opener' licence (the fee is £145); or
  • a 'Section 50' licence (the fee is £290).

How to apply

To apply for a Private Opener or Section 50 licence, contact Streetworks with full details:


When placing a skip on the adopted highway, the Skip Company or supplier must apply for a skip licence. It must be the skip company who applies for the licence as they will hold the correct Public Liability Insurance.

The skip company is responsible for ensuring that the skip is correctly position in the highway so as not to cause an obstruction and that all other appropriate regulations are adhered to.

To apply for a license, or for more information, see: Skip licence .

If a skip is causing an obstruction: Report It .


In order to erect and maintain scaffolding, hoarding or other structures on or over the highway in Calderdale you will require a scaffolding license. It must be the scaffolding company who applies for the licence as they will hold the correct Public Liability Insurance.

To apply for a permit, or for more information, see: Scaffolding licence .

If scaffolding is causing an obstruction, or is dangerous: Report It .

Dropped kerbs

We have temporarily suspended all applications for domestic dropped crossings, which is currently under review. Any updates will be posted here, when available.

A dropped crossing or kerb is an area of lowered pavement and kerb which is used to give access to vehicles from the highway across the footway and onto the resident’s driveway / hard-standing.

If the occupier of any premises adjoining or having access to the adopted highway mounts the footpath or grass verge to park a vehicle on their property a dropped crossing constructed to Calderdale Council specification will be required.

Anyone can apply for a dropped crossing, provided that the reason for the crossing is to park a vehicle on your property and that you are the owner of the property. If you are not the owner of the property, a permission letter will need to be sent from the owner / landlord along with your application form.

To apply for a dropped crossing, or for more information, see: Dropped crossings FAQ .

It is an offence to drive over the public footpath without an approved dropped crossing.

Note: The above information is for domestic dropped kerbs only. For industrial dropped kerbs to a commercial or business premises, contact:


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