When road changes are needed due to new developments being built an agreement may be entered into with us as set out under Section 278 of the Highways Act 1980

Minor highway changes

For a simple vehicular access to a site or business, or to modify the highway for minor new developments it might be more appropriate to undertake works under a  Section 184 licence.  

The team can advise you of the most appropriate approach. 

Fees to modify the existing highway

The charges below are for the the different scheme values.

Up to £49,999 

  • supervision fee is 15% of scheme value 
  • minimum fee is £1,000 

Between £50,000 to £99,999 

  • supervision fee is 10% of scheme value 
  • minimum fee is £7,500 

Between £100,000 to £199,999 

  • supervision fee is 7% of scheme value 
  • minimum fee is £10,000 

From £200,000 and above  

  • supervision fee is 6% of scheme value 
  • minimum fee is £14,000 

Fees guidance  

There is an initial fee of £1,000 to cover first-time approvals and the preparation of agreements.  

A larger initial fee may be requested depending upon the size and complexity of the scheme. 

The fee to cover the agreement preparation and administration is charged at 15% of the supervision fee (minimum fee of £1,000). 

Repeat technical approval re-submissions checks and excessive re-inspections will be charged at actual cost plus 15%. 

These fees exclude safety audits and commuted sums. 

The balance of fees must be paid before the work starts.

Apply to modify an existing highway 

To apply download, print and complete the Section 278 application form

Return your completed form to: 

Department for Place
PO Box 1954
BS37 0DD

Contact us 

Email newdevelopmenthighways@southglos.gov.uk to: 

  • ask questions about applying to modify the existing highway 
  • send your completed applications   

If you decide to email us your completed application we cannot begin work on your project until we have received from you:   

  • £1,000 initial fee  
  • application form  
  • initial submission 

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