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Adopted roads and highways

An adopted highway is a road, footpath or bridleway that is maintained at public expense. We carry out maintenance of these highways in Swansea.

Private streets (unadopted highways) are maintained at the owner's expense. The owner may be the residents who each own the part in front of their house, or a third party (usually a developer). We are under no obligation to carry out repairs or maintenance to the street, even though it could be a public right of way to which highway and traffic law can be applied.

When we adopt roads

New roads that have been built to the required standards are normally adopted by us through an agreement with the developer under section 38 of the Highways Act 1980.

Existing roads will not normally be adopted unless they are brought up to the required standards by the owners of the road. It may for example be unpaved, without kerbs, footways, surface water sewers, gullies, lighting, the surface in bad condition or possibly that the geometry of the road may be unsuitable for use as a highway maintained by public expense.

Find out whether a road is adopted

Informal enquiry

To find out whether a road is adopted you can visit the Civic Centre where you can look at maps on our computer system and identify roads and footpaths in all areas of Swansea. Please ask for assistance at reception.

You can also email us at networkmanagement@swansea.gov.uk to make an informal enquiry.

Commercial/professional enquiries

To make a formal enquiry that isn't part of a local land search (CON29) there is a fee of £36 (no VAT). To do this you can:

Please make cheques payable to 'The City and County of Swansea' and remember to include a location plan of the road.

Unfortunately we can't provide any information relating to adopted roads over the telephone.

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