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Road Construction Consent

In accordance with Section 21 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 any person or organisation other than a Roads Authority who wishes to construct a new road or an extension of an existing road must obtain Construction Consent.

Before undertaking any new road construction the Developer must obtain both Detailed Planning Consent and Construction Consent. Note that the granting of one does not necessarily imply the granting of the other.

Applicants must note that Roads including footways, service strips, road drainage & street lighting which have commenced or been constructed without Road Construction Consent will not be adopted or maintained by the Ayrshire Roads Alliance.

Application Forms and Guidelines for Road Construction Consent can be found below.


National Roads Development Guide

The SCOTS National Roads Development Guide (NRDG) has been adopted for use by East and South Ayrshire Councils. The guide supports Designing Streets and expands on its principles to clarify the circumstances in which it can be used.

A copy of the NRDG and Designing Streets can be downloaded here


Additional Technical Guidance for Developers

Developers must note that the Ayrshire Roads Alliance has additional specific design requirements in relation to the following areas

 Drainage and SUDS
 Driveway dimensions
 Swept paths
The requirements for these can be found here 

Road Bonds

Under the terms of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 and Security for Private Roadworks Scotland Regulations 1995 (S.I.) the developer is required to make financial provisions with the Local Authority’s Roads Service in order to safeguard the completion of the housing development roads which are the subject of Road Construction Consent.  Where a developer is required to lodge a Road Bond or deposit, the completed CC7 Form should be submitted prior to commencement of any development on site.

Developers must note that RCC will not be issued by the Ayrshire Roads Alliance until a valid Road Bond has been lodged. 


Technical Approval & Road Opening Permits for Works on the Public Road

Applicants must note that the granting of planning consent does not carry with it the right to carry out works within the existing public road boundary and that permission must be granted by The Ayrshire Roads Alliance.

In accordance with Section 56 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 the ARA requires that anyone wishing to execute works in the public road (including verge) must obtain a Road Technical Approval from the ARA.

Applications should be submitted by email to 

Email  enquiries@ayrshireroadsalliance.org

The requirements for a valid application for Section 56 approval are:

 Covering Letter with planning consent reference number
 Location Plan (to 1:1250 or 1:2500 scale)
 Detailed site plan
 Cross-section through each area of proposed change within the adopted area (including footway) gradients and cross-falls
 Plan showing existing signing, lining, time-plates and street furniture (i.e. prior to any works taking place)
 Plan showing existing street lighting (including illuminated road signs)
Where any change to an existing Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) is necessary due to the proposed works (e.g. by an access relocation), or a new TRO is required by the proposed works, the applicant will supply an electronic plan of the changes and a rechargeable works order code.

In accordance with the new Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 a minimum registration period is required for all works.

Contact should be made with The Ayrshire Roads Alliance, Roadworks Team on


Roadworks Team
Phone  01563 503164
Email  ara.roadspermits@ayrshireroadsalliance.org

Further information on permits can be found here 


Application Forms
Application Forms and Guidelines
CC1 - Construction Consent Application
CC2 - Docquets of Service 
CC3 - Notice of Service
CC6 - Adoption Application
CC7 - Road Bond
CC9 - Construction Consent Checklist 

CC10 - Road Lighting Electrical Installation Certificate

Road Lighting Standard Drawings

Approved Road Lighting Material List


How much does it cost?

RCC cost
Road Construction ConsentCost
Minor change to approved consent £275 (per amendment) 
Extension to approved consent £275 (per extension) 

Inspection fees rate

(per £1000 of road bond value)

Road bond value £0 - £20,000

£51 (minimum inspection fee £300)

Inspection fees rate

(per £1000 of road bond value)

Road bond value £20,001 - £100,000

£47 (minimum inspection fee £960)

Inspection fees rate

(per £1000 of road bond value)

Road bond value over £100,000

£39 (minimum inspection fee £4,400)

Contact Information

Contact us
Phone                 01563 503 160
Email enquiries@ayrshireroadsalliance.org

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