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Highways search and adoption of roads

Waltham Forest as the local highway authority is responsible for the adoption and maintenance of public highways.

Last updated: 30 March 2022

Waltham Forest as the local highway authority is responsible for the adoption and maintenance of public highways.

If a new road is designed and built to the required standards it may be adopted as a highway by way of an agreement between the developer and the council, under section 38 of the Highways Act 1980.

An existing private street would not be adopted by the council unless it was brought up to adoptable standards by the owners of the road.  For example, this might require works to provide or improve street lighting, drainage, kerbs and the road surface.

Contact: Highways.Admin@walthamforest.gov.uk

Highways search

A highways search can show whether a road or path is a public highway, adopted and maintained at public expense.  A plan will be provided showing the approximate extent of publicly maintained highways near the specified location. 

To apply please pay the search fee of £67.00 + Vat = £80.00 via our web payment form stating the required address or location.

Alternatively email SNN@walthamforest.gov.uk with full details, including plans if necessary, of your enquiry.