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Section 278 Agreement application

On this page you will find information on what is Section 278 Agreement and the guidance documents to help you with the application form.

A Section 278 Agreement is a section of the Highways Act 1980 that allows developers to enter into a legal agreement with the Local Highway Authority to make alterations or improvements to a public highway.

If you would like to apply for the Section 278 Agreement, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Read our guidance documents

We have written detailed guidance documents on Section 278 Agreement which you may find useful:

We have also created a development management process chart which shows the stages from the pre-application discussions with the local planning authority to when the works begin on site. This chart may be helpful of understanding the process from the beginning to the end:

See also:

Step 2: Apply

Download the application form

The form sets out the details and information required to enable us to process the application.

Send the application form with the required documents to: or alternatively to the following address: Section 38/278 Technician, Network Control, Worcestershire County Council, County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP

Please note that commencement on site will only be permitted when:

  • the agreement is signed
  • all technical details have been approved
  • all necessary fees have been paid 
  • street work permits are in place for the work

Make a payment

For commuted sum payments and payments over £10,000 please email or call 01905 844053.


For further information regarding Section 278 Agreements, please email or call 01905 844053.