In June 2012, Leeds City Council became a permit scheme authority. Permit schemes provide an alternative to sections of the existing notification system of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA), whereby, instead of informing a highway authority about its intention to carry out works in its area, an activity promoter has to book time/road space on the highway by obtaining a Permit from the Permit Authority.
The permit scheme is facilitated by the National Street Gazetteer (NSG) and improved by the quality of Additional Street Data (ASD). At Leeds City Council, the ASD is composed of all the minimum mandatory information which has been regarded as relevant to street/road works in the area, plus additional information on other features of the street. It is being used to provide benefits to any individuals and/ or companies involved in street/road works.
Find out more about how Leeds implemented the scheme, including best practice of obtaining information, the challenges the council faced and the benefits of having ASD here.