Last updated: 5 July 2023

Waltham Forest as the local highway authority is responsible for adopting and maintaining 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. This is in line with section 38 of the Highways Act 1980.

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


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 £75.00 plus Vat = £90.00 through our web payment form stating the required address or location.

Alternatively email with full details. This should include plans if necessary, of your enquiry.