Road / Highways Adoptions - Frequently Asked Questions

Road Adoptions

How do I know if my road has been adopted?

I have a maintenence problem with my road, who do I contact?

My road is already adopted by the Council

Are all roads adopted by the Council?

Who maintains a private road?

Who are the owners who are responsible for maintenance?

 

 

How do I know if my road has been adopted?

You can check to see if your road/street has been adopted by using the Milton Keynes Interactive Mapping page found on our website. When you have entered your details into the system please ensure you have selected the Highways Adoptions category, if the road is marked in blue then it has been adopted by the Council and is maintained at public expense (you may have to drill down to street level to get the exact positioning of the adopted area). Or look through the list of street names found on the List of Highways page. back to top

I have a maintenence problem with my road, who do I contact?

Check to see if your road has been adopted by the Council first, if it is not adopted by being marked up in blue (see first question above), contact the developer who built your estate. back to top

My road is already adopted by the Council

Please contact us by using the following options below:-

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Are all roads adopted by the Council?

Some roads or parts of roads are in private ownership and will never be adopted.

Private roads (sometimes called un-adopted roads or private streets) have not been adopted by the Council and their maintenance is the responsibility of the owner(s). This may be the residents of a road who each own the part in front of their house, or a third party - usually a developer.  If a highway is built by a third party, e.g. the builder of a residential, commercial or industrial development, and if they request that it is adopted, a legal agreement is made between the developer and the Council to ensure that it is constructed to the correct standard before it can be adopted into our network.  However, the public may still have a right of way along the road. Street / road naming and house numbering are the responsibility of the Council. back to top

Who maintains a private road?

A 'private road' is the responsibility of its owner to maintain, even though highway rights may have been established by 20 years of public use. The highway authority has not adopted it and it is therefore not publicly maintainable. This means that the Council, as highway authority is under no obligation to carry out repairs or cleansing of the road. This is the case even if the road is a public right of way to which highway and traffic law can be applied. back to top

Who are the owners who are responsible for maintenance?

The owner/s may be the residents who each own to the centre of the roadway fronting their property. The owner could however still be the developer.

If you do not know who owns the road you should talk with neighbours as it is likely that the ownership is shown on property deeds. A solicitor could offer the best advice on the issue of any maintenance and ownership. back to top

 

Last Updated: 10 May 2019