Highways fees and charges

Fees for the highway services we offer.

 Fees for 2021/22Fees for 2022/23
Third party signing, including tourism signposting
(non-refundable application fee)

£259

* 2020 and 21 increases conflated this year
£279

Third party signing, including tourism

a) site assessment cost (payable in advance)

b) sign design cost per sign (payable in advance)

£200 + £94 per sign

* 2020 and 21 increases conflated this year
£216 + £101 per sign
Construction costs
(payable in advance)
Actual cost Actual cost

Stopping up orders for third parties -

a) initial assessment fee
(non-refundable)


£510
£550
Disposal of Kent County Council land historically kept for 'highway purposes' Land value and actual costs (site specific) based on advice and services from KCC Property Land value and actual costs (site specific) based on advice and services from KCC Property
Charges relating to damage to highway infrastructure/ equipment.

Claims against third parties for damage to highway assets.

Recovery of costs of making safe dangerous land or retaining walls.
Full cost recovery (including staff time) Full cost recovery (including staff time)

Street lighting – application to attach equipment to street lighting assets.

£104 £112

Street lighting repeat application fee

£30 £32
Fitting shade to LED lantern £96 £103

Request for temporary closure of zebra crossings

* all charges subject to VAT

Office hours £262*

Out of hours £315*

Abortive visit

Office hours £51*

Out of hours £61*

Emergency (if notified with less than 1 weeks’ notice) additional charge £102.00 *

Office hours £282*

Out of hours £340*

Abortive visit

Office hours £55*

Out of hours £66*

Emergency (if notified with less than 1 weeks’ notice) additional charge £110.00 *

Third party traffic regulations orders Actual costActual cost
Archived traffic count data £170 £183
Provision of a copy of a Traffic Regulation Order (new charge) £170 £183
New traffic count Actual cost Actual cost
Third party traffic scheme advice and design Actual cost Actual cost
Temporary road closures
(by Traffic Regulation Order) administration fee for third party (excludes costs of Order) 
£576 inc advert £626 inc payment admin fee
Emergency road closures (by notice) administration fee for third parties, if justified in exceptional circumstances £372 £406
For amendments made after the TTRO has been approved and advertised will be subject to an amendment fee for each amendment. £267 £293
Annual pavement licence for refreshment facilities with tables and chairs on the highway

£196*

inc.payment admin fee

£211
Charge for mid year amendment to an existing licence

£148*

inc.payment admin fee

£160
Failure to comply with terms of a pavement licence (standard defect fee set by regulation)         £47.50 £47.50
Materials stored on the highway

£34*

inc.payment admin fee

£37
Hoardings placed on the highway

£55*

inc.payment admin fee

£59
Permit for scaffolding placed on the highway £37*
inc.payment admin fee
£40
Permit for skip on the highway £32*
inc.payment admin fee
£34
Mobile Elevated Work Platform or crane oversailing and / or operating upon the highway £169*
inc.payment admin fee
£182
Site inspection to assess safety and condition if deemed necessary before and after placing of scaffolding, hoarding, etc. on the highway. £50 £50
Failure to comply with terms of a skip licence or failure to license (standard defect fee set by regulation)         £47.50 £47.50
Travel plan monitoring Fees are determined according to the type and scale of the proposed development Fees are determined according to the type and scale of the proposed development
Pre-application advice Fees are determined according to type and scale of proposed development Fees are determined according to the type and scale of the proposed development
Section 106 Agreements for Highway Contributions Fees charged according to time spent by individual highway officers in determining agreement Fees charged according to time spent by individual highway officers in determining agreement
Sewer connection £150 Inspection Fee (For each 200m in Length for Category A, B & C Inspections) £150 Inspection Fee (For each 200m in Length for Category A, B & C Inspections)
S50 Apparatus in the Highway

i. £122.50 Administration fee

ii. £127.50 Capitalised fee (this is a single payment in lieu of annual licence renewal charges)

iii. £150 Inspection fee (For each 200m in Length for Category A, B & C Inspections)

£400 total

i. £122.50 Administration fee

ii. £127.50 Capitalised fee (this is a single payment in lieu of annual licence renewal charges)

iii. £150 Inspection fee (For each 200m in Length for Category A, B & C Inspections)

£400 total

 Fees for 2021/22Fees for 2022/23
Over the footway - single dwelling
(Inspection fee for site checks in line with Road and Street Works Act)
£162£180
Technical fee for application, investigation and highway inspection£189£209
Additional site specific investigation for street lighting, drainage, and soft landscape issues (single private dwelling)n/a£60
Investigate and respond to a written or email enquiry of a freehold property sale regarding legitimacy of an existing vehicle crossing, per site £50£59
Properties on site: 1 to 5£239 per property

Min: £588
Max: £1,178
£259 per property

Min: £639
Max: £1,275
Properties on site: 5 to 25Min: £1,178
Max: £2,944
£1,275
£3,179
Technical fee for application, investigation and ordering the work£147£159
Developer temporary crossing (one-off fee)-£709
Additional site specific investigation for street lighting, drainage, and soft landscape issues-£70
Charges relating to damage to highway infrastructure / equipment --
Claims against third parties for damage to highway assets Full cost recovery
(including staff time)
Full cost recovery
(including staff time)
Recovery of costs of making safe dangerous land or retaining wallsFull cost recovery
(including staff time)
Full cost recovery
(including staff time)
Charges for consequential damage repairs as a result of third party asset (utilities or private) failures within the highway-Full cost recovery
(including staff time)
Street lighting - application to attach equipment to street lighting assets £104

(Repeat application fee: £30)
£104

(Repeat application fee: £30)

Prices for the data sheet print out; at Microprocessor Optimised Vehicle Actuation (MOVA) sites the MOVA data set will also be included.

(Costs inclusive of VAT)

 Fees for 2021/2022Fees for 2022/2023

Number of sites: 1

£190£205
Number of sites: 2 £272£293
Number of sites: 3 £354£382
Number of sites: 4 £440£474
Number of sites: 5 £516£556
Number of sites: 6 £598£645
Number of sites: 7 £670£722
Number of sites: 8+ Extra £80 per siteExtra £86 per site
Number of sites: 50+ To be agreed on an individual basisTo be agreed on an individual basis
Detailed descriptions of how the site operates are available at an extra cost £163£176
Traffic signal technical approval (before inclusion in an S106/S278 Agreement), testing and commissioningTo be quoted on an individual basis appropriate to the size/complexity of the schemeTo be quoted on an individual basis appropriate to the size/complexity of the scheme
Traffic signal design, technical approval (before inclusion in an S106/S278 Agreement), testing and commissioningTo be quoted on an individual basis appropriate to the size/complexity of the schemeTo be quoted on an individual basis appropriate to the size/complexity of the scheme
Temporary switch off of existing permanent traffic signalsTo be quoted on an individual basis appropriate to the size/complexity of the schemeTo be quoted on an individual basis appropriate to the size/complexity of the scheme

 Fees for 2021/2022Fees for 2022/2023
Section 38 supervision fee for new estate roads
(minimum: £1,000; excludes legal fees)
10% of bond10% of bond
Section 278 fixed fee for transportation advice to developer

(Bond value £0 - £249,999)
£6,186£6,669
Section 278 fixed fee for transportation advice to developer

(Bond value £250,000 - £999,999)
£12,373£13,338
Section 278 fixed fee for transportation advice to developer

(Bond value
£1 million and above)
£18,559£20,007
Section 278 fee for project management, design checks and site inspections for imports to existing highways (plus legal fees)

(Bond value up to £499,999)
10% of bond10% of bond
Section 278 fee for project management, design checks and site inspections for imports to existing highways (plus legal fees)

(Bond value £500,000 and above)
10% of first £500,000 + 3% of balance10% of first £500,000 + 3% of balance

Commuted sums: Section 38 of the Highways Act 1980, subsection (6) for maintaining any highway, road or bridge covered by an agreement

Calculated on a site by site basis in accordance with Commuted Sum Policy 2003 on construction materials that are significantly more than normally required (covers Sustainable Urban Drain Systems and drainage, special surfaces, landscaping, street lighting, traffic signals, variable message signs and other items)Calculated on a site by site basis in accordance with Commuted Sum Policy 2003 on construction materials that are significantly more than normally required (covers Sustainable Urban Drain Systems and drainage, special surfaces, landscaping, street lighting, traffic signals, variable message signs and other items)

Commuted sums: Section 278 of the Highways Act 1980, subsection (3) for maintaining any highway, road or bridge covered by an agreement

Calculated on a site by site basis in accordance with Commuted Sum Policy 2003 on construction materials that are significantly more than normally required (covers Sustainable Urban Drain Systems and drainage, special surfaces, landscaping, street lighting, traffic signals, variable message signs and other items)Calculated on a site by site basis in accordance with Commuted Sum Policy 2003 on construction materials that are significantly more than normally required (covers Sustainable Urban Drain Systems and drainage, special surfaces, landscaping, street lighting, traffic signals, variable message signs and other items)
Technical approval of highway structures Actual costActual cost

 Fees for 2021/2022Fees for 2022/2023
Highway Definition - a written response regarding the status of a specific road (we are unable to describe the extent of the highway boundary in a letter) £45£45
A letter and an A4 coloured plan which shows the considered extent of the publicly maintainable highway (up to 4 questions per site) £90£90
Response to each extra question £7£7
Special rate negotiable for larger plans Request a quoteRequest a quote

  Fees for
2021/2022
Fees for
2022/2023
Response to a written or email enquiry, readoption of roads and details of highway schemes within vicinity of a property £21 plus VAT£21 plus VAT

 Fees for 2021/2022Fees for
2022/2023
Information supplied (e.g. board report) £50£54
Copy of complete scheme drawings per plan supplied £45£49
Copy of extract from scheme drawings per plan supplied (max: A3)£34£37
Copy of Advanced Payment Code Notice (Highways Act 1980 Section 219-225)£50£54

 Fees for 2021/2022Fees for
2022/2023
Copies of cycling, walking and bus policies, maintenance plans, pavement design guides, etc for highway consultants £39£42
Photocopies of Highways and Transport documents or files for information (charge is for materials and equipment; no charge for staff time) 20p per A4 copy
25p per A3 copy
22p per A4 copy
28p per A3 copy

(Past 3 years conflated in this increase)
Extra cost for colour copies £1 per colour copy£1.10 per colour copy

 Fees for 2021/2022Fees for
2022/2023
3 year history of crashes at a location

£147.60 including VAT

£159.60 including VAT
5 year history of crashes at a location

£266.40 including VAT

£286.80 including VAT

Quotes for larger areas will be provided upon receipt.

 Fees for 2021/2022Fees for
2022/2023
Bikeability cycle training:
Charges in this case are set for academic rather than financial year, from September

£12 per child in term time courses.

£20 per child in half term/school holidays.

£12 per child in term time courses.

£20 per child in half term/school holidays.

Adult ‘Learn to Ride’ course (2 hours basic skills)£10£10
Adult confident road cycling (2.5 hours; broader risk assessment and ability analysis required, so more instructor preparation time)£15£15
Cycle/ helmet hire for above 2 courses.£5 per cycle per session.
Helmet offered free of charge as requested.
£5 per cycle per session.
Helmet offered free of charge as requested.
Advanced cycling£28£30
Minibus driver training£144£155
Minibus driver reassessment£49£63
Theatres in education - charge to school for performance – primary or secondary per performance, but may be waived50% of cost
(no change proposed)
50% of cost
(no change proposed)
Speed Awareness course (digital)£92£92
What's Driving Us course (digital)£90£90
National Motorway Speed Awareness course (digital)£92£92
Safe and Considerate Driving (SCD) (digital and practical)£194£194
Rider Intervention and Developing Experience
(RIDE)
£100£100

 Fees for 2021/2022Fees for 2022/2023
Supervision of drainage asset relocation carried out by third party (minimum £1000)10% of the estimated cost of works (minimum £1000)10% of the estimated cost of works (minimum £1000)
A letter and A4 coloured plan showing the available information held on drainage asset location (including site history up to 5 years which may include CCTV reports by USRN)£94£101
CCTV surveyAt cost plus staff timeAt cost plus staff time

 Fees for 2021/2022Fees for 2022/2023

Charges for damage or removal of highway tree assets.

KCC Highways values trees using the Capital Asset Valuation for Amenity Trees (CAVAT).

CAVAT takes the replacement value approach, extrapolating from known planting costs and adjusting for a series of relevant factors including:

  • diameter of tree at 1.5m above ground level
  • CTI factor
  • CAVAT functional factor
  • life expectancy of the tree

We may pursue for damages as the actual (uncapped) CAVAT value of the tree. The current maximum CAVAT value is £236,000 per tree.

CAVAT value of the tree

£812(minimum value for 2 replacement trees) up to (the average capped CAVAT value) £25,000 per tree.

CAVAT value of the tree

£812(minimum value for 2 replacement trees) up to (the average capped CAVAT value) £25,000 per tree.

Loss of a highway tree asset to facilitate a single/ joint dwelling light vehicle crossover application may be considered where an assessment of the tree’s condition and remaining life expectancy is deemed limited by a KCC HTW tree officer. Each tree will be assessed on a case by case basis.

The cost of 2 replacement trees and 3 years associated aftercare will be sought from the applicant.

Ranging from £812 up to £1,362 for 2 replacement trees depending on site type (requirement for civils involvement)

Ranging from £875 up to £1,468 for 2 replacement trees depending on site type (requirement for civils involvement)

Emergency clearance of private trees and vegetation that have fallen on the highway , are obstructing the highway or present a risk to highway users either as a result of a weather event or following an inspection.Full cost recovery (including staff time)Full cost recovery (including staff time)