Application for Agreements or Works Licence

Download a form to apply for agreements or works licence under Section 38 and Section 278 of the Highways Act 1980.

Section 38 agreement

Full S38 – for all works (carriageways, footways and infrastructure including drainage and street lighting) within a new development to be considered for adoption by the highway authority.

To apply for a Section 38 agreement, please download and complete the Full S38 Licence application form (Word, 58KB - updated 28/05/2020).  Please complete the form electronically, to ensure that your application is as clear as possible, and submit as a Word document (an electronic signature is acceptable).  Please also submit supporting documents and plans electronically - if necessary, due to file size, either zipped or with a cloud link, e.g. Dropbox.

To assist you, please download the SCC Guidance for Full S38 Applications (Word, 26KB).

Section 278 agreement (Full)

Full S278 – for all works with a construction works value above £25,000 requires:

  • a bond (tender sum plus 10%)
  • legal agreement (applicant has to pay Suffolk Legal costs)
  • Checking and inspections fees (7.5% of bond)
  • Commuted sums (payment to SCC for future maintenance and replacement costs regarding highways)

To apply for a Section 278 agreement, please download and complete the Full S278 Licence application form (Word, 64KB - updated 28/05/2020).  Please complete the form electronically, to ensure that your application is as clear as possible, and submit as a Word document (an electronic signature is acceptable).  Please also submit supporting documents and plans electronically - if necessary, due to file size, either zipped or with a cloud link, e.g. Dropbox.

To assist you, please download the SCC Guidance for S278 Applications (Word, 28KB).

Section 278 agreement (Abridged)

Criteria for an Abridged S278A:

  • No safety audit required (no safety impact on highway)
  • Highways Works value is under £25,000
  • No Structures, Street lighting or Traffic Signals involved
  • No Compensation bond or noise assessment required

To apply for a Section 278 abridged agreement, please download and complete the Abridged S278 Licence application form (Word, 57KB - updated 28/05/2020).  Please complete the form electronically, to ensure that your application is as clear as possible, and submit as a Word document (an electronic signature is acceptable).  Please also submit supporting documents and plans electronically - if necessary, due to file size, either zipped or with a cloud link, e.g. Dropbox.

To assist you, please download the SCC Guidance for S278 Applications (Word, 28KB).

Minor Works Licence

Where access designs are provided by either simple drawings supplied by the Applicant or use of SCC Standard Access Drawings, this license is intended to approve:

  • Temporary access for developments (less than 50 dwellings and/or 12 months duration)
  • permanent accesses for between 3 and 10 dwellings
  • Accesses for small commercial or retail sites

To apply for a Minor Works Licence, please download and complete the Minor Works Licence application form (Word, 55KB - updated 28/05/2020).  Please complete the form electronically, to ensure that your application is as clear as possible, and submit as a Word document (an electronic signature is acceptable).  Please also submit supporting documents and plans electronically - if necessary, due to file size, either zipped or with a cloud link, e.g. Dropbox.

To assist you, please download the SCC Guidance for Minor Works Licence Applications (Word, 42KB).