North Ayrshire Council has adopted an asset management approach to road maintenance.
The Roads Asset Management Plan (PDF, 758kb) sets out the strategy for maintaining the road network and its associated assets. Asset management uses lifecycle planning to make best use of available resources. The Asset Management approach ensures an appropriate prioritisation of works in line with available budgets.
To carry out works, occupy or open part of a public road, you must notify us first. View our List of Public Roads (PDF, 1.4mb).
Remember: under every street there are cables, mains, pipes and sewers. Consult Susiephone, Dial before you Dig flyer (PDF, 1.6mb) before you carry out any roadworks.
The 'Well-maintained Highways' Code of Practice for Highway Maintenance management has specific recommendations regarding inspections of all road elements.
The Road Safety Inspections and Defect Categorisation Guide (PDF, 8.49mb) relates to procedures for carrying out safety inspections (a crucial component of road maintenance). It has been developed in accordance with the Code of Practice, recognising areas of best practice from participating Councils.
Road maintenance permits
Most road maintenance permits are valid for 4 weeks from date of authorisation. Applications for longer periods will be charged in 4 week blocks. So, if you need a skip permit for 16 weeks you will pay £168 = 4 x the £42 single permit charge.
Applications take 5 working days to process.
To place a skip on a public road you will need a permit.
Charge: £42 for 4 weeks
Please read our Skip Permit Conditions (Word, 1.91mb) before you complete and return a Skip Permit Application Form (Word, 113kb).
Permit to lower a kerb
Permission to lower a kerb, known as constructing a standard width vehicle access crossing, can only be given once we have approved the location of the proposed access crossing. We check that there are no road safety implications. If approved, you can instruct a competent contractor to undertake the work. The contractor must obtain a road opening permit prior to carrying out the work.
To request this service, or for more information, telephone 01294 310000
Road opening permits
To construct a vehicle access crossing or carry out other works which involve digging on a public road, you will need a permit.
Section 56 Road Opening Permits
|vehicle access crossings (kerb lowering)
|other works involving excavation in a public road
||£170 for up to 1 week, £80 per additional week
Read our Road Opening Conditions (Word, 108kb) before you complete and return a Road Opening Permit Application (Word, 161kb)
Road occupancy permits
To occupy a public road with any of the items listed below, you need a permit.
Section 58 Road Occupancy permits
||£70 for up to 4 weeks
||£70 for up to 4 weeks
||£70 for up to 4 weeks
Please read our Road Occupation Conditions (Word, 76kb) before you complete and return a Road Occupation Application Form (Word, 112kb).
Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTRO)
You need a TTRO if you wish to undertake work that requires you to:
- temporarily divert traffic
- close a public right of way
- restrict parking.
Temporary Traffic Regulations Order charges
|5 Day TTRO (by notice)
|Emergency TTRO (by notice)
|TTRO (advertised in Press)
||£540 + advertising costs
To apply, complete and return a TTRO application form (Word, 471kb).
Temporary traffic signal permit
To erect a temporary traffic signal, which controls traffic 3 or more ways, you need a permit.
Charge: £100 for up to 1 week, £100 per additional week.
Please read our Portable Lights Conditions (Word, 28kb) before you complete and return a Portable Lights Application Form (Word, 115kb).
Amenity display licence
If you intend to erect amenity display banners, hanging baskets or Christmas lights over a public road or footway in North Ayrshire, you need a licence.
One off charge: £25
Please read our Amenity Display Conditions (Word, 31kb) before you complete and return an Amenity Display Application (Word, 40kb).
Use an Amenity Display Approval Checklist (Word, 23kb) to help with your application. Do not submit the checklist with your application.
North Ayrshire Roads provide the following services:
Roads service list
|Property Enquiry Adoption Plan
|NRSWA Public Utility Sample Inspections
|NRSWA Section 109 Permission
|Supply of Traffic Count Data
||£170 per site
|Supply/use of information from the Saturn Traffic Model
|Neighbourhood Watch signs
|Switching off Traffic Signals for third parties
|Amendments to Approved Road Construction Consents
|Temporary signs for events
|Signs for new housing development
|H bar markings (access protection marking)
To access these services contact us on 01294 310000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.