Permanent traffic regulation orders – making permanent changes to your road

We use traffic regulation orders to place legal restrictions on a road.


Make sure you follow the government's latest coronavirus guidelines.

Permanent traffic regulation order notices will continue to be published in the press. Those notices will guide people to the website for more information. In addition, you can email for a copy of the documents.

Where possible, notices may also be posted to affected properties, or erected on site. Where a person may be in self isolation, or without web access, we'd encourage neighbours and relatives to email on their behalf.

When do you need a traffic regulation order?

Most permanent traffic regulation orders are submitted by local councillors make road users safer, prevent damage to roads or buildings, and improve the flow of traffic.

A traffic regulation order is needed for:

  • parking places

  • speed limits

  • one-way streets

  • vehicle width and weight restrictions

  • vehicle access and turning.

Request, oppose or support an order

Request a permanent traffic regulation order

Contact your local county councillor. We'll decide whether the request is necessary and legal.

Object to or support an order

Anyone can object to or support an order, the engineer will try and resolve any objections. The engineer's contact details are in the regulation orders.

It can take up to 18 months to process an application.

A senior director will make the final decision. This will make it legally enforceable by the police or district and borough councils.

Experimental orders

Sometimes we'll trial traffic orders, these are called experimental orders. We put them in place then monitor and review them.

We'll then make a decision whether to make them permanent or not.