Regulators and Authorities

You are responsible for setting policies and planning conditions.

Policy-makers are urging people to make journeys on foot or cycles to reduce congestion, obesity and emissions but to accommodate population growth we are building more homes, schools and offices etc. A perfect storm is brewing as more construction vehicles and more people take to the street.

Local Planning Authorities can manage this risk and benefit local communities.  

The CLOCS Standard provides:

  • a nationally recognised framework for understanding and managing construction vehicle activity and associated risk
  • a powerful management tool that directly contributes to safer roads
  • a number of mechanisms for driving change including: Local Plans, Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs), and Section 106 agreements
  • ability to stipulate requirement for CLOCS early in the planning process through Construction Logistics Plans (CLPs) 
  • opportunity to review and approve CLPs to ensure compliance with the CLOCS Standard and the best outcome for communities
  • improved perceptions of road safety and accelerated modal shift from conventionally fuelled vehicles
  • reduced congestion and environmental impacts

What does the Standard require of a regulator?

Regulators shall:

  • embed the requirement to operate to the CLOCS Standard into policy and guidance documents
  • ensure the planning process requires submission and approval of an outline and/or detailed Construction Logistics Plan (CLP) that addresses the main transport impact/risks in delivering the project safely before consent is granted
  • require a project to have effective CLOCS implementation monitoring mechanisms and to provide to the authority (if requested) CLOCS compliance performance data
  • have in place effective enforcement mechanisms to secure prompt action by the project team should a breach occur

Please refer to the RTPI planning advice note:

What is your commitment to become a CLOCS Champion?

For a client to become a CLOCS Champion, it needs to have:

  • at least 20% of its sites being consistently compliant to the CLOCS Standard
  • a clear plan to get the majority of its sites to be CLOCS compliant within two years
  • a clear plan to encourage other organisations to adopt the CLOCS Standard

For a client to remain a CLOCS Champion, they need to:

  • have at least 20% of sites assessed by the CLOCS site monitoring team
  • show good progress against its corporate plan to get at least the majority of its sites to be CLOCS compliant within two years of becoming a CLOCS Champion
  • demonstrate activity to positively promote CLOCS

Implementation plan

CLOCS Champions are party to a Memorandum of Understanding with the CLOCS Sponsor. A successful application will require you to agree to the terms and submit an acceptable outline CLOCS Implementation Plan onlineImplementation plans provide a headline statement of corporate intent to implement and comply with the CLOCS Standard.

If you are a Local Planning Authority, your implementation plan will require a statement of how you intend to implement CLOCS via the planning system and what mechanism you will be using to require that clients implement the CLOCS Standard on developments in your local authority area. You will be asked to update this each year to enable the CLOCS team to track progress towards full implementation and compliance to the CLOCS Standard.

Site Monitoring Visits

To help Champions understand and improve site compliance and consequent safety, CLOCS Site Monitoring Visits have been developed in partnership with CLOCS partners' Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS).

How to become a CLOCS Champion

There is a CLOCS Champion membership fee of £600/annum.

However, regulators/local authorities should speak directly with the CLOCS team to discuss reduced fees by calling 0118 9207 200 or emailing

This low level of co-investment is needed to accelerate and increase the adoption and implementation of CLOCS across the UK, and to better support registered organisations committed to positive action to eliminate the risk of harm to communities from their construction logistics activity.

If you are ready to commit to saving lives then your first step is to register to become a CLOCS Champion. After your registration has been processed you will receive information on how to create your own Champion Account where you will be able to build your profile and submit your first implementation plan for approval. Your membership fee will be due as soon as your first implementation plan has been approved.


CLOCS Guide: Improving road safety using the planning process clearly articulates how CLOCS fits into the statutory planning process.

Construction Logistics Plans (CLPs) underpin the CLOCS Standard and it is important to understand roles and responsibilities for writing, implementing and monitoring adherence. The CLP focuses specifically on construction supply chains and how their impact on the road network can be reduced.

Local Planning Authorities (LPA) are responsible for reviewing and approving the Outline and the Detailed CLP. LPAs are also responsible for ensuring construction is carried out according to the terms of the CLP. They will respond to complaints raised by the community and follow them up with the developer.

"It's difficult to directly establish cause and effect but with the introduction of CLOCS in the London Borough of Camden there was also a 47% reduction in KSI incidents involving HGVs and vulnerable road users"

Derek Rees, CLOCS Project Director

Case Studies

Camden Council: CLOCS as a planning requirement

The London Borough of Camden provides local government services for 212,000 people. In January 2014, we ...