In accordance with Section 21 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984, anyone proposing to construct a new road or extend an existing road must obtain Road Construction Consent (RCC) from the roads authority. Construction works on existing roads do not require RCC but will normally require other consents, usually in the form of a permit.

Nationally agreed guidance on road construction consents and road bonds has been developed by the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS), available in their guide for the Road Construction Consent and Road Bond process.

Cognisance should be taken in the first instance from the National Roads Development Guide, and the resulting RCC application should satisfy the technical details as set out in East Lothain Council's Standards for Development Roads.

Application process

Before you can apply for an RCC, you must obtain planning permission. When you are ready to apply for an RCC our Transport Planning team can provide advice and may give you access to a file sharing platform where your RCC application, supporting documents and drawings can be submitted.

Key stages in the Road Construction Consent process are:

  1. Pre-application discussions between the developer and the Transport Planning officer.
  2. Application submitted by the developer.
  3. Application checked by Transport Planning officer and feedback given to the developer.
  4. Developer reviews feedback and updates their submission.
  5. Transport Planning officer issues RCC and confirms value of road bond and inspection fees.(If applicable).

List of drawings

The drawings listed below will generally be required as part of an RCC submission. These should be compliant with our standard drawing details.

  • Location Plan
  • Road and Levels Layout
  • Road Construction Details
  • Road Longitudinal Sections
  • Kerbing Layout
  • Drainage Layout, including SUDS
  • Drainage Construction Details
  • Drainage Longitudinal Sections
  • Signs and Lines Drawing
  • Traffic Signals Layout
  • Finishes Layout
  • SUDS Design Details and Calculations
  • Street Lighting Layout and Calculations
  • Site investigation Information
  • Vehicle Swept Path Analysis
  • Road Adoption Plan, including locations of grit bins, litter bins and bus shelters
  • Land Factoring Plan
  • Stage 2 Road Safety Audit
  • Street Naming Agreement
  • Structural Details
  • Any other details to enable the assessment of the proposal

Other documentation

In some circumstances, the Transport Planning officer may request the following information at the RCC stage:

  • Road Users Safety Audit
  • Quality Audit (see Designing Streets)
  • Scottish Water Technical Approval

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