What is an Adopted Road?
An adopted road or highway is one where the Local Authority has taken on the legal responsibility for its maintenance up to a particular standard.
What is an Unadopted Road?
An unadopted road is private street is a road which is not maintained at public expense. The public may have a right to use the unadopted road but it is maintained by the local residents rather than the Highway Department.
This means that the council, as a highway authority, is 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 applied.
Streets that are unadopted may be in a condition not meeting the standard of adopted streets, i.e. these may be unmade (no bituminous surface) or setts (cobbles).
How do I know if my road is adopted?
There is a record of all the Borough's adopted roads, for public viewing at the address at the bottom of this page.
if you are moving house your solicitor will raise this issue with the Council as part of the conveyancing process
Evidence of the existence or extent of a public highway can also be researched by officers by contacting as per the details below.
List of Adopted streets
It is possible to download and view the latest list of adopted streets. Enquiries should also refer to the Council's map of urban and rural paths which supplements the List of Streets.
Adoption of Private Streets
Vehicle crossings on Private Streets
The responsibility for private streets (including footways and pavements) lies with the street owners. These are usually the people who live on the street.
Where can I find more information about road adoption?
Please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.
Section 38 Agreements
The Council have powers to enter into a Legal Agreement with a Developer under Section 38 of the Highways Act 1980 for the adoption of highways on new developments. The Developer having obtained Planning Consent, needs to submit the scheme for Technical Approval, submit the plans to be bound into the Legal Agreement, secure the completion of the work by a Bond of Surety, then pay a Supervision Fee based upon the estimated cost of the scheme together with the Council’s Legal Fee.
A copy of the current Adoption Policy Document covering general requirements, procedures relating to the adoption and construction specifications is available free of charge upon request either by using the contact information below.
Section 38 Agreements are based upon the Model Agreement Roads for Adoption (second edition) published by the Local Government Management Board.