Road adoption is a term used to describe the county council
taking responsibility for the maintenance of a
A 'private road' is maintained by the road owners. This
means that we, as the highway authority, are under no obligation to
carry out repairs or cleansing to the street, even though it could
be a public right of way to which highway and traffic law can be
New roads that have been constructed in accordance with our
guidelines are normally adopted by way of an agreement with the
developer under Section 38 of the Highways Act 1980. Find out more
about Section 38
and Section 278 road agreements.
Existing roads will not normally be adopted unless they are
brought up to current standards by the owners of the road. It
may for example be unpaved, without kerbs, footways, surface water
sewers, gullies and lighting or any of these features, and its
surface is probably in a bad condition.
Under the provisions of Sections 205 to 218 of the Highways Act,
we may resolve to raise the standard of a private street by
providing any or all of the missing features or by improving the
standard of any existing features. This procedure enables us,
on completion of necessary remedial works, to adopt the street as a
highway maintainable at public expense.
To contact us about road adoption, please call 01243 642105 or
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