Road adoption

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An 'adopted road' is public road which we own. Most roads in York are adopted. We are responsible for maintaining these roads.

An 'unadopted road' is a privately owned road. The people who own property adjacent to unadopted roads are responsible for maintenance of these roads. Read guidance on private streets for more information.

Map of adopted roads in York

Adopted roads are marked on the map in green. Expand the map to view in more detail, or search by street name or postcode:

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Apply for a road to be adopted

If you want to get your private road adopted by us it's best to nominate one resident to act as a contact with the council.

Before submitting an application you should:

  • find out if the majority of other property owners on the street want the road to become adopted
  • ask each property owner to sign the application form

Costs for work on unadopted roads

Existing private roads will not normally be adopted unless they are brought up to current 'adoptable standards' by the owners of any buildings or land adjoining it.

These property owners are responsible for the cost of any maintenance or legal work involved. To calculate individual maintenance costs:

  • divide the total cost of maintenance in pounds, by the total length of the road in metres
  • multiply the pounds per metre by the length of each individual property or land frontage

In certain circumstances we may contribute towards the cost.

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